Portrait of artist Ultra Violet
Portrait of artist Ultra Violet
Girl wearng yellow walks past street art in Cours Julien district, Marseille
Girl wearng yellow walks past street art in Cours Julien district, Marseille
Waiters on their lunchbreak at Bouchon restaurant, Monaco
Waiters on their lunchbreak at Bouchon restaurant, Monaco
Couple looks at the view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre, Paris, France
Couple looks at the view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre, Paris, France
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 Kalaripayattu on the beach in Marseille
Maude practising Kalaripayattu on the beach in Marseille
Portrait of French policeman Bernaud in uniform holding a chalkboard where he has written 'I Love Jazz', French national flag in the background
Portrait of French policeman Bernaud in uniform holding a chalkboard where he has written 'I Love Jazz', French national flag in the background
Diptych portrait of Aurore Asso, freediver, photographed by the sea just after a dive off Villefranche-sur-Mer in the South of France
Diptych portrait of Aurore Asso, freediver, photographed by the sea just after a dive off Villefranche-sur-Mer in the South of France
Diptych portrait of Driss, North African economic migrant, with the contents of his bag, photographed in a street in the Italian-French border town of Ventimiglia
Diptych portrait of Driss, North African economic migrant, with the contents of his bag, photographed in a street in the Italian-French border town of Ventimiglia

the ‘back country': a world away from nice

The Côte d’Azur draws thousands of tourists every year to its famous seaside resort towns of Nice, St Tropez or Cannes. However, just a short drive inland, a much emptier South of France awaits. Last summer, the mayor of Gilette, a small hilltop village 30 km from Nice, commissioned me as photographer to make a reportage of the area. It was a quiet, peaceful assignment, despite some waves of vertigo and a face full of mud. Continue reading…

Panoramic photograph of the village of Gilette

murder most horrid…and a portrait of a baroness

The murder earlier this year of Monaco’s richest woman brought international press attention to this unique corner of the French Riviera. Leading news magazine Der Spiegel sent two writers down to the South of France to write a feature on Monaco’s social scene and I, as photographer, made portraits of their interviewees. The Minister of the Interior, a tenant making a last stand against eviction and a rather special Baroness made for an interesting mix of subjects to photograph. Continue reading…

Portrait photograph of Baroness von Brandstetter against blue backdrop

a dog’s life in cannes

Cannes is known all over the world for its film festival and timeless French Riviera glamour. La Croisette is The Place to stroll along, to see and be seen. Below eye level, a surprising number of rather glamorous, happy-looking dogs can be seen promenading too. A dog’s life on the French Riviera can be a very good one.

Earlier this year, I went to Cannes as writer and photographer to work on a magazine feature about pampered Cote d’Azur pooches. Shooting a series of doggy street portraits posed plenty of logistical challenges. Continue reading…

Chinese crested dog puppy wearing a sequinned coat walking along a lawn