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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

Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the best known sporting events held in the South of France. I had a corporate commission as event photographer for one of the main race sponsors this year. Asked to capture their super-wealthy guests having fun, and participating in some rather special Formula One experiences, I wound up with an interesting reportage. However, very few of the photos may be shown, in fact most had to be destroyed – on purpose. Continue reading…

Photograph of red Formula One car cornering on race track

Shop ’til you drop, Monaco-style

Forget queues, sales and stress: Monaco knows how to shop. Champagne while you browse? The sultry beats of a live, in-store DJ? London’s Monocle magazine recently sent me to shoot a brand new fashion concept store in Monaco. While my original assignment as editorial photographer was complicated by the fact that Monaco Marine’s ‘Merci La Mer’ wasn’t actually finished, I returned later as commercial photographer to shoot the completed interiors, and again, as event photographer, for the launch party of a new collection. The life of the store unfolded before my eyes. Continue reading…

Close-up photograph of a white pet toy dog looking out of a handbag

Love Island, Cannes

I’ve been a photographer in France for 12 years now and, although British, I confess to being entirely out-of-date with English television. So when asked to photograph some stars of a current reality TV show for a UK-based corporate client of mine, ITV Studios, at the international entertainment industry trade fair ‘MIPCOM’ in Cannes, I had to look closely at the reference pictures beforehand. ‘Love Island’ had come to this annual South of France event as part of a considerable PR initiative, and success was not hard to find, and photograph. Continue reading…

Close-up photograph of a cocktail glass and champagne glass

Cannes: an ‘impossible’ photographer brief

Sometimes, the gap between a picture editor’s vision of how to approach the photography for a feature (dreamed up in doodles on a desk in London) and the reality of what a photographer can actually achieve on location (at a giant trade fair in the South of France, for example) can be rather large. At the latest MIPIM, an annual real estate event held in Cannes, my magazine client’s photographer brief for a portrait-led feature verged on impossible to realise. However, “impossible n’est pas français”. Continue reading…

Sketch of a building with "I am a momument" written above it

a sea of stars at Cannes Film Festival party

Photographers don’t usually get anywhere near the Vanity Fair party during the Cannes Film Festival. It is considered THE social event of the festival calendar, and is held near Antibes, in one of the most luxurious hotels on the French Riviera. On assignment for New York Times Style, I was one of very few privileged photographers invited to take reportage pictures of the A-listers at play. Continue reading…

Photograph of Arnold Schwarzenegger and a friend lighting cigars