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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

quantum theory at sea

As another wave hit, I hugged my photographer’s bag tightly to me. This was definitely not a French Riviera-style luxury yacht. 4 of us, journalist, photographer, assistant and portrait subject, were all squeezed aboard a tiny little pointu (a traditional South of France fishing boat) off the coast of Marseille, and the water level inside was rising. The Sunday Times Magazine was to run a feature on ‘rock star physicist’ Carlo Rovelli, and I had come over from Nice to make his portait. Continue reading…

Portrait of Carlo Rovelli standing on the bridge of his fishing boat