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Behind the Veil in Nice

Promenading under the sun, showing off bronzed limbs and checking out fellow seafront strollers is a popular French Riviera pastime, from Cannes to Monaco. However, strolling is not a pleasant experience for everyone in the South of France. My recent photographer assignment to make an editorial portrait of a niqab-wearing Nice resident – and the Algerian benefactor who pays her fines for doing so – was an eye-opener. Nice looks rather different through a veil. Continue reading…

Close-up photograph of woman in a burqa talking

King of the Cannes Jungle

A magazine assignment recently led me to Cannes, to photograph none other than the King of Bling. Hot young fashion designer Philipp Plein may be German but he is utterly at home in his sumptuous villa in the South of France. As a property photographer, I couldn’t dream of a better subject that the self-styled ‘King’s Jungle’ that consitutes his workplace, home and playground. As a portrait photographer, I would have liked my audience with the king to begin a little earlier and last a little longer. But in any case, my experience was memorable. Continue reading…

Portrait of Philipp Plein

the man who made me see

It is no small deal for a photographer to have their eyes cut open. A month ago, at his clinic in Nice, Dr Charles Ghenassia made incisions into the surface of my eyes, removed the cause of my shortsightedness with forceps and presented these lenticules to me in a jar. Later, to mark the event, I took my view camera to his French Riviera villa and made a portrait of him. Creating this portrait in black & white on my large format, analogue camera, with all the precision, patience and darkroom chemistry that the process entails, seemed an appropriate gift for a photographer to make to an eye surgeon. Continue reading…

Black and white portrait of Charles Ghenassia

french riviera lunch with a finnish economist

Björn Wahlroos is considered to be Finland’s top businessman. An arch-capitalist economist, he has very little time for poets, and not much for photographers either. In fact he has precious little time at all, even when holidaying in his South of France villa. Commissioned by an editorial client to go to Nice and take ‘a quick portrait’ of Björn before the writer conducted his interview, I was thus suprised to find myself leaving over 3 hours later than expected, with a full stomach and plenty of food for thought. Continue reading…

Photographic portrait of Bjorn Wahlroos, seated

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

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