Getty Images is proud to present over 1000 stunning images of French photography icon Gilles Caron, now live as part of the Gamma Legends collection.

Gilles Caron was born in 1939 in Neuilly near Paris, France. After spending three years as a paratrooper in Algeria fighting a war he opposed, in 1967 he co-founded the Gamma photo agency.

Dubbed the French "Robert Capa," he proceeded to cover the Six-Day War in Israel, conflict in Vietnam and Biafra (Nigeria), the May 1968 student upheaval in Paris, riots in Northern Ireland, anti-Soviet demonstrations in Prague, and the Toubou uprising against the central government in Chad in 1970.

On April 4 of that same year his meteoric career was cut short when he went missing in a Khmer Rouge-controlled area of Cambodia.

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