Description at the back: Grand Riviere. Martinique, 1979.
MARTINIQUE. Fishing village of Grand Rivière. Boats known as "gommiers". The fishermen wear pitch helmets covered with oil, to protect themselves from the salt sea sprays. 1979..
Jean Gaumy (1948) is a French photographer and filmmaker who has been associated with Magnum Photos since 1977. While he was a student in university in Rouen, he began working as a freelance photographer to help pay for his education. In 1973 he joined Gamma (agency). He is named Peintre de la Marine ("Painter of the Fleet" is a title awarded by the Minister of defence in France to artists who have devoted their talents to the sea, the French Navy and other maritime subjects) in 2008.