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All the fun of the (trade) fair in Cannes

Cannes may be grabbing the headlines this month, as it rolls out its red carpet for the stars, but the film festival is only one of many annual international events held in town. Earlier this spring, I got the measure of MIPIM.

MIPIM is the trade show for the property sector, and no place for humble estate agents. Inside giant exhibition stands, companies, cities and entire countries amaze delegates with their intricately-crafted scale models of redevelopments. On yachts and sunny terraces, architects, planners and investors do big business, and enjoy the pleasures of the South of France. I was hired as both editorial photographer for Monocle and corporate photographer for a banking client: full MIPIM immersion….
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Close-up detail of building model on display at MIPIM 2013, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

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…

Portraits of Opticians à la Française

I was commissioned by an opticians recently in Nice who wanted a photographer to shoot some portraits for their advertising. A creative brief to combine quirky humour with élégance in black and white made for a particularly French feel to this photography assignment.. Continue reading…

Superyachts on the Drawing Board

A recent portrait assignment for American Express gave me an insight into the world of ‘luxury sea toys’. Leading superyacht designer Espen Øeino is based in Monaco, and in his offices, dreams of floating palaces become reality. Continue reading…

Portrait of Espen Oeino, Yacht Designer