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Swiss Sister in Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival didn’t escape the #metoo movement this summer, with Cate Blanchett organising a gender inequality protest on the famous red carpet. I felt privileged, as female photographer, to take a portrait of female director Ursula Meiers, who’d come from Switzerland to the South of France to be president of the Caméra d’Or jury. However, the Cannes Film Festival event doesn’t provide the ideal conditions for a photographer to shoot a considered, editorial portrait, and this magazine assignment involved 90% preparation and 10% photography. Continue reading…

Portrait of woman, Ursula Meier, sitting at a table

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

a sea of stars at Cannes Film Festival party

Photographers don’t usually get anywhere near the Vanity Fair party during the Cannes Film Festival. It is considered THE social event of the festival calendar, and is held near Antibes, in one of the most luxurious hotels on the French Riviera. On assignment for New York Times Style, I was one of very few privileged photographers invited to take reportage pictures of the A-listers at play. Continue reading…

Photograph of Arnold Schwarzenegger and a friend lighting cigars

How to Sell a Superyacht

How would you like your new boat customised? A glass motorcyle garage on deck? Perhaps a leather-bound staircase leading to the cabins down a wall of backlit onyx? Contrary to what some might expect today, the designer superyacht market is booming and the French Riviera is where its at. Two magazine clients commissioned me this summer to photograph international superyacht trade fairs held annually in the South of France. Photographers were welcomed with open arms at the Cannes event, but at the Monaco Yacht Show, an aversion to press photographers made my assignment challenging. Continue reading…

Girl in white dress walks between two superyachts

King of the Cannes Jungle

A magazine assignment recently led me to Cannes, to photograph none other than the King of Bling. Hot young fashion designer Philipp Plein may be German but he is utterly at home in his sumptuous villa in the South of France. As a property photographer, I couldn’t dream of a better subject that the self-styled ‘King’s Jungle’ that consitutes his workplace, home and playground. As a portrait photographer, I would have liked my audience with the king to begin a little earlier and last a little longer. But in any case, my experience was memorable. Continue reading…

Portrait of Philipp Plein

Floating Whisky Palace in Cannes

During the international duty-free trade fair that comes to Cannes every autumn, movers and shakers in the perfume, cigarette and hard liquor businesses get together to buy, to sell and to party. A leading Scottish whisky brewery commissioned me as a Cannes event photographer to capture a rather special evening aboard a superyacht. I was told that “being a photographer is like being a fine malt whisky distiller” and warmly welcomed into the world of fine whisky by a man whose nose is insured for €2.6 million. Continue reading…