Portrait of Ultra Violet, artist
Portrait of Ultra Violet, artist
Girl walks past street art in Cours Julien district, Marseille
Girl walks past street art in Cours Julien district, Marseille
Four waiters on their lunchbreak, Le Bouchon, Monaco
Four waiters on their lunchbreak, Le Bouchon, Monaco
View of the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre, Paris
View of the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre, Paris
Flock of sheep being brought down to a barn at dusk in the South of France
Flock of sheep being brought down to a barn at dusk in the South of France
Maude practising the art of Kalaripayattu on the beach in Marseille
Maude practising the art of Kalaripayattu on the beach in Marseille
Migrant with the contents of his bag of belongings, Ventimiglia, Italy
Migrant with the contents of his bag of belongings, Ventimiglia, Italy
Portrait of Aurore Asso, freediver
Portrait of Aurore Asso, freediver

Cannes: an ‘impossible’ photographer brief

Sometimes, the gap between a picture editor’s vision of how to approach the photography for a feature (dreamed up in doodles on a desk in London) and the reality of what a photographer can actually achieve on location (at a giant trade fair in the South of France, for example) can be rather large. At the latest MIPIM, an annual real estate event held in Cannes, my magazine client’s photographer brief for a portrait-led feature verged on impossible to realise. However, “impossible n’est pas français”. Continue reading…

Sketch of a building with

Food photographer’s cover story

Its probably best not to read this post if you’re hungry. On a recent magazine assignment, I left the French Riviera and headed to Marseille with a food & travel writer to investigate the city’s vibrant, migrant-influenced cuisine. Working as both food and portrait photographer, I had the privilege of photographing – and tasting – some extraordinary dishes that combine South of France flavours with African and Asian influences, and meeting the Marseillais who created them. One of the courses, from a lunch with no less than 23 of them, made the magazine cover. Continue reading…

Cover of Aramco World magazine, showing a photograph of an haute cuisine starter

marseille: feminist in a corner

The photo editor of the Guardian Weekend magazine called me at the last minute for this portrait commission in Marseille. Unlike most of my editorial assignments, which incorporate a South of France setting, writer and feminist Reni Eddo-Lodge was to be photographed in a studio environment. Hers was one of a set of portraits that would be composited together, so the photographer brief was strict. Unfortunately though, the location was no studio, and realising this brief turned out to be very difficult indeed. Continue reading…

Composite photograph of Nish Kumar and Reni Eddo-Lodge in discussion with empty speech bubbles against white background