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pocket of resistance in the french alps

The border to Italy marks the eastern end of the French Riviera – and the doorway to a new life in Europe for immigrants coming the other way. Increasing police checks on roads, train lines and in towns such as Menton, Nice and Cannes to catch new arrivals without permits mean that some now walk inland, up into the French Alps, to avoid detection. Yet they are seriously unprepared for the conditions. As photographer, I was recently sent on an editorial assignment to a valley close to the France-Italy border where locals have been standing up to the authorities to give hungry, cold and exhausted refugees food and shelter in their homes. Continue reading…

Photograph of a group of African men sitting around a fire playing cards outdoors in an olive grove

Olympic Gold in St. Moritz

If a photographer shoots in Monaco one week and St. Moritz the next, one would be forgiven for assuming that they are there to photograph the glittering Lamborghini set (if not jet set). However, although the subjects of my recent St. Moritz portrait assignment are well-known in their sphere, champion triathletes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are unassuming, down-to-earth Yorkshiremen. Continue reading…

Cover page of 220 Triathlon Magazine showing Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee running by a lake

Ovarian Cancer

Life as a South of France photographer is varied, mostly interesting and, now that the long wet winter seems to be finally behind us, it also has distinct warmth and sunshine benefits. But I travel regularly elsewhere in Europe for rather different kinds of assignments, and I appreciate these opportunities; not least when they take me back to my (definitely more rainy) homeland.

A few weeks ago, I headed from Nice to London on commission for a UK-based ovarian cancer charity. Making portraits of women in remission from this little-known cancer for a new awareness campaign was a sensitive and intense experience. Continue reading…

Portrait of Chrissie Wellington

Chrissie Wellington is the current world Ironman champion and, unbeaten in her 13 Ironman races, queen of long distance triathlon. Last summer, I travelled from Nice to Nuremberg, Germany, to interview her and photograph her preparation, public appearances and performance at the Challenge Roth triathlon. On race day, she broke yet another a world record. Here is my multimedia portrait of Chrissie. Continue reading…

Chrissie Wellington taking a moment to focus before the Challenge Roth triathlon, 10 July 2011

G20: Nice holds its breath

The French Riviera is all about the G20 this week. The actual event is in Cannes, but yesterday Nice held its breath. Protestors who had made their way to the South of France from all over the world came to town for the anti-G20 march, with photographers and journalists hot on their heels.

However, as it turned out, the worst weapon that riot police faced was a feather duster. Continue reading…

Protester marches with a mask at G20 summit protest march

Travelling Light, Sleeping Rough

Just minutes along the coast from Nice and Monaco, Tunisian migrants continue to sleep rough in the border town of Ventimiglia, Italy. Initially unhappy to see yet another photographer in town, a number agreed recently for me to take their portraits – and to photograph the belongings they have brought with them for their migration to France. Continue reading…

Portrait of Driss, economic migrant