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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

provence: far right country

France is holding its breath. The first round of the presidential election is a few short days away, and it is arguably the most unpredictable political event for some time. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen’s unprecedented popularity is in the press spotlight, both in France and abroad. A Swiss Sunday newspaper recently asked me as photographer to travel to western Provence and join their reporter in the traditional South of France heartland of the Front National. Our mission? To find, interview and take editorial portraits of FN voters. It wasn’t an easy assignment. Continue reading…

The face of Marine LePen on a tatty campaign poster

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

Behind the Veil in Nice

Promenading under the sun, showing off bronzed limbs and checking out fellow seafront strollers is a popular French Riviera pastime, from Cannes to Monaco. However, strolling is not a pleasant experience for everyone in the South of France. My recent photographer assignment to make an editorial portrait of a niqab-wearing Nice resident – and the Algerian benefactor who pays her fines for doing so – was an eye-opener. Nice looks rather different through a veil. Continue reading…

Close-up photograph of woman in a burqa talking

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