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humble pissaladiere of nice

For a food photographer, South of France ingredients such as basil and sun-kissed tomatoes can make for colourful, highly photogenic subjects, especially when shown off in dishes created by fine French Riviera chefs. I wouldn’t count the subject of a recent food reportage that I did in this category. Pissaladière originated as a humble pesant’s dish from Nice, and isn’t ever going to win first prize in a food beauty contest . But there is more to the preparation of this tasty, no-nonsense dish than meets the eye. Continue reading…

Photograph of Niçoise speciality dish 'pissaladière

monaco: mission control

Something rather exciting is happening up in the sky at the moment. The first ever round-the-world flight of a solar-powered plane is being attempted, and the project’s mission control centre is based right here on the French Riviera. You might think that Monaco’s 2 km² wouldn’t be ideally suited to housing a space station, but you’d be wrong. I was one of many photographers and journalists to visit Solar Impulse’s Mission Control in Monte Carlo recently, to take a portrait of engineer Michael Anger. Continue reading…

Portrait of engineer Michael Anger in front of a world route map

countdown to Cannes

Summer is just around the corner in the South of France and the Cannes Film Festival is but weeks away. As a freelance photographer, Cannes generally offers me some interesting commissions. Editorial portraits and corporate event shoots during the festival open doors to places and people that I would be unlikely to stumble across otherwise, although conditions are sometimes challenging. From dealing with a stroppy Palme d’Or winner to battling seasickness in a powerboat, I’ve found Cannes to be anything but dull. Continue reading…

Photography of man stepping off a powerboat onto a jetty in Cannes harbour

murder most horrid…and a portrait of a baroness

The murder earlier this year of Monaco’s richest woman brought international press attention to this unique corner of the French Riviera. Leading news magazine Der Spiegel sent two writers down to the South of France to write a feature on Monaco’s social scene and I, as photographer, made portraits of their interviewees. The Minister of the Interior, a tenant making a last stand against eviction and a rather special Baroness made for an interesting mix of subjects to photograph. Continue reading…

Portrait photograph of Baroness von Brandstetter against blue backdrop

a dog’s life in cannes

Cannes is known all over the world for its film festival and timeless French Riviera glamour. La Croisette is The Place to stroll along, to see and be seen. Below eye level, a surprising number of rather glamorous, happy-looking dogs can be seen promenading too. A dog’s life on the French Riviera can be a very good one.

Earlier this year, I went to Cannes as writer and photographer to work on a magazine feature about pampered Cote d’Azur pooches. Shooting a series of doggy street portraits posed plenty of logistical challenges. Continue reading…

Chinese crested dog puppy wearing a sequinned coat walking along a lawn

Monaco: a quiet king among estate agents

Individual estate agents may or may not live up to it, but the profession does have a certain reputation. When I was sent on assignment to Monte Carlo by a Dutch photographer agency to take the portrait of a top Monaco real estate agent and do some villa photography of his Côte d’Azur portfolio, I was apprehensive. Would this king property broker to Monaco’s super-rich be a larger-than-life version of the estate agent stereotype? Continue reading…

Portrait of Pieter van Naeltwijck