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In the footsteps of painters

It is said that it was the quality of the light that brought Renoir, Matisse and Picasso to the South of France. I’m sure the quantity – and warmth – of the sunshine in Provence helped too. They were not alone: over the last century or so, a host of artists have, through their paintings, immortalised countless scenes of the French Riviera.

Curious to revisit the spots where some of these painters had set up canvases, I recently shot a set of images to put their art back onto the street, and bring their scenes to life today, from a photographer’s point of view. Continue reading…

A couple walks past a blank easel on Quai Amiral Courbet, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.

Young Riviera Chefs Making Waves

French Riviera cuisine tends to be known more for its time-honoured traditional Provençal dishes than for being at the forefront of cutting-edge fine dining. However, as I learned on a recent commission, a new wave of young chefs in the South of France are bringing international attention to their new take on cuisine in Provence. Continue reading…

Food photography: close-up of a dish of duck foie gras, served with fresh grey shrimp bouillon, raw and cooked Porcini mushrooms

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

Le Chocolatier

The French know a thing or two about food. Chocolate is no exception. Thousands of qualified specialists across the country develop recipes and make their own chocolate products for sale. Continue reading…

Chocolatier Patrice Arbona pouring liquid chocolate from a ladle