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Portraits of Sceptics

In the US, global warming is hotly and very publicly debated. Here in Europe, the climate change denier movement is much more discrete. Nevertheless, those who maintain human impact on global warming is negligible (and those with their own interests in blocking climate change protection laws) are increasingly active in the corridors of power. As photographer with a European team of magazine, radio and TV journalists, I met and took portraits of influential climate change sceptics in France, Brussels & Portugal as part of a ground-breaking press investigation. Continue reading…

Portrait photograph of Lord Christopher Monckton, in a blue suit, outdoors

Reims: the curious tale of a cathedral

My life as a photographer in the South of France is a varied one. I photograph portraits and reportages, and my subjects range from businessmen to artisans, fine food to villas. But flying up to the north of France to spend two days photographing a cathedral last autumn was a first. Notre Dame de Reims, 90 miles east of Paris, is a fascinating subject, rich with scars and stories. During my trip away from the French Riviera, I managed to borrow a bike from a total stranger, disobey a clergyman and have an existential discussion with a man armed with a machine gun: all in order to better photograph the cathedral. Continue reading…

Photograph of Reims Cathedral by day

Corsetmaker in Paris

Last month I left the South of France and headed up to Paris. The New York Times wanted a photographer to make portraits of a selected few craftsmen who are ‘Meilleurs Ouvriers de France’ [Best Craftsmen of France].

Fresh from Provence, I donned an extra jumper and set off to visit a number of addresses across the city, where elite craftsmen practise their trades. One of these was François Tamarin, a corsetmaker in Montmartre. By the time I left, my jumper felt desperately drab. Continue reading…

Portrait of corset-maker Francois Tamarin