She was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1938 but she spent her childhood in England and the United States. She began working as a photographer in 1963 in China, Japan and India. In 1965, she became a freelancer, creating portraits of artists and writers, but mostly works of humanitarian reportage and on the female condition. She has published numerous books and was president of the Cartier-Bresson Foundation. She was the official photographer of the Théâtre du Soleil since its founding in 1964 until her death in 2010. In 1983, she joined the Magnum agency.
Richard Kalvar was born in New York in 1944. After studying at Cornell University, he worked as an assistant to the French fashion photographer Jérôme Ducrot. In 1966, an extended trip to Europe with his camera in tow convinced him to become a photographer. In 1972, he helped found the photography agency Viva in Paris and in 1977, he became a full member of the Magnum agency, where he later served as Vice President and President. Kalvar has worked in France, Italy, England, Japan and the United States, combining journalistic and commercial photography assignments with his photographic research. He has participated in numerous group shows and in 2007, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie dedicated a major retrospective to him, accompanied by his book Earthlings.