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Arles exhibition

The South of France is home to ‘Les Rencontres d’Arles’, considered by many to be the world’s leading photo festival. This year, I was delighted to be among the photographers with work on show in town during the event. My self portrait, taken as part of ‘Motherland‘ – an ongoing personal project about the landscapes of my childhood in Cornwall (UK) – had been shortlisted for the OpenWalls Arles 2019 award. Continue reading…

Self portrait of Rebecca Marshall with eyes closed lying on her side in moss

Egyptian Electronica

One of the best things about being an editorial photographer is the discovery of new worlds that magazine assignments offer. I left the South of France this summer to make a reportage, portraits and a multimedia slideshow about the unique and vibrant electronic music scene in Egypt. Sandbox festival, on the Red Sea coast, was the culminating event of a rich, creative few days’ photography. Continue reading…

Abstract blurry photograph of a dancer's face under pink neone light

Making of a cover portrait

An opera diva, roasting temperatures and vibrant colour… this cover portrait assignment in Aix-en-Provence was a fiery one. My photographer assistant and I travelled from Nice, and the magazine journalist from Finland, to spend a sweltering afternoon with internationally renowned opera soprano Karita Massala on her South of France tour. Continue reading…

Page layout of the cover of Finnish women's magazine Kotiliesi, showing portrait of Karita Mattilia

Toddler TV Hero

You may not recognise this man, but you’ve probably come across his creations. The smooth, British inventor of Bob the Builder and Paw Patrol lives in Monaco. I was sent on assignment to take his portrait for a German business magazine. During the shoot, I got banished from a superyacht port (for disobeying Monaco photographer regulations) and later watched helplessly as a storm gust carried off my studio flash. Yet, by the time our gin & tonics were served, I was shaken, but not stirred. Continue reading…

Portrait photograph of Keith Chapman, standing on the quayside of a luxury yacht harbour

Mission to the Moon

Last Saturday, I was as close as I’ll probably ever get to space travel. American space artist Richard Clar had come to the South of France on a mission. Commissioned as photographer, I was to take his portrait and make press reportage of a rather exceptional event. In the middle of the night, high in the mountains above Grasse, my photographs would witness an extraordinary happening, unique not only on the French Riviera, but worldwide. Continue reading…

Night photograph of a silhouetted observatory sending a green laser to the moon

Art in Nice: Ben, Blues and a Repurposed Abattoir

Art has long enriched the image of the South of France (photographers may be as inspired by the light and colours of Provence as painters) but does a contemporary art scene thrive here today? Or, with so many of its art museums devoted to past masters such as Renoir, Picasso and Matisse, does the French Riviera rest on its laurels? Stern recently came to write a travel feature on art in Nice. The artworks that I saw and people that I photographed during two days in Nice with the writer were all a far cry from the painters normally associated with Provence. Continue reading…

Photograph of an old TV in a garden with 'Faux' ['False'] painted on the screen