Riboud joined Magnum Photos in 1953. His ability to capture life’s ephemeral moments with powerful compositions was already apparent and would serve him well in the decades that followed. He travelled in India from 1955 to 1957 and then, in 1957, was one of the first Europeans to go to China. He became vice-president of Magnum for Europe in 1959. Riboud witnessed the horrors of war and the significant erosion of repressed cultures. And yet, he was able to capture the charm of daily life in faraway places bathed in sunshine and the lyricism of children’s games in everyday Paris.