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

Monaco: ‘world’s biggest bribe scandal’

I regularly carry out editorial portrait assignments, in the South of France and beyond, and have the privilege of photographing all sorts of people. Although, each one has a reason to be of interest to the international press, I tend to think it is important, as photographer, to avoid forming too many preconceptions about portrait subjects before meeting them. A commission for the New York Times newspaper in Monaco challenged my resolve. Press rumours had it that this portrait subject in Monte Carlo was a very bad man indeed. Continue reading…

Thumbnail of portrait of Saman Ahsani, seated

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

morocco: on assignment in cinema city

Do writers have an easier life than photographers on travel assignments? Yes – and no. Earlier this year, I journeyed far from the South of France with a good travel writer friend on an editorial commission. Close to the edge of the Sahara desert, we made a reportage about Ouarzazate, Morocco’s moviemaking headquarters, for an Aramco World magazine feature. Continue reading…

Photograph of a giant sculpture of a film production black and white clapper board on a roundabout