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Quest for Bouillabaisse

Provençal fish stew bouillabaisse is no longer the poor Marseille fisherman’s food it once was. Some say if you don’t pay at least €75 per serving, its not the real deal. Other experts on France’s food scene argue that with cheap imitations, changing availability of ingredients and preparation shortcuts, it is no longer possible to find the genuine article at all. As photographer, I was sent to Marseille recently on assignment from Nice, with a Paris-based writer and a an eminent French food critic, to investigate. Continue reading…

Close-up photograph of a dish of fish stew bouillabaisse

Food photographer’s cover story

Its probably best not to read this post if you’re hungry. On a recent magazine assignment, I left the French Riviera and headed to Marseille with a food & travel writer to investigate the city’s vibrant, migrant-influenced cuisine. Working as both food and portrait photographer, I had the privilege of photographing – and tasting – some extraordinary dishes that combine South of France flavours with African and Asian influences, and meeting the Marseillais who created them. One of the courses, from a lunch with no less than 23 of them, made the magazine cover. Continue reading…

Cover of Aramco World magazine, showing a photograph of an haute cuisine starter

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

Marseille? Done.

For a travel series on short breaks in international cities, the New York Times commissioned me to shoot images for a ’36 hours in Marseille’ feature. The aim was to photograph a selection of places where weekend visitors to France’s second city could go to get a good idea of what Marseille is all about. Continue reading…

Practising Kalaripayattu on the Plage des Catalans, Marseille