After so many years of telling myself that I had absolutely nothing to say in a blog, I finally relented. I realised that it wasn’t so much that I had nothing to say. It was more of a case that I really didn’t know whom to share it with…
I’m an assignment photographer, in real terms this means I take commissions or assignments from clients. I specialise in humanitarian photojournalism / reportage, documentary essays and travel. I also love doing portraits, environmental portraits, or personality driven portraits. I love connecting with people and cultures. I speak three languages fluently: English, French and Creole. I also speak basic Bahasa Indonesia and while I have an affinity for Spanish and Italian my next language adventure will most likely be Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia.
I have worked in some not so easy places. Among others were Aceh/Indonesia after the tsunami, Haiti in the aftermath of the 2004 insurrection and after the 2010 earthquake, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and South Sudan. I go where people are struggling and striving to make things better. I have worked with organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the World Food Programme (WFP), Oxfam, the Red Cross, and Action Against Hunger (ACF). I have lived through project cycles, fieldwork, curfews, lockdowns, insurrections, police actions and donor fatigue. I have also dwelled in more time zones than I care to remember...
What I do is advocacy; helping those I meet articulate what their circumstances are all about. I do this through a comprehensive documentary approach. This occurs in the hope of making things a little better by helping to influence stakeholders and decision-makers.
I have worked in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. I do my utmost to always produce compelling visual narratives. I love what I do, be it for an editor/travel magazine or a director of communication of a humanitarian organisation and/or international institution.
Today, photography and travel are interwoven with everything I do in my life. Indeed, I have established some principles about how I approach assignments. I’m a professional member of the NPPA since 2005, which means I adhere to the highest journalistic standards of integrity, independence and absence of bias. I articulate projections and forecasts of planned coverage of events, as required, for each assignment. Furthermore, I always give priority to image content and aesthetic elements, accuracy of captions and speed of delivery to customers.
Should you have a potential assignment you’d like to discuss, you can reach me through the CONTACT section here on this website.
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Love the writing and luv the poetry of your photos. Respect! for doing what you love for so many years with craft & intergrity. Proud of you my cousin.
Bonjour, Jean-Bernard m'a souvent parlé de vous. Il a entièrement raison. Vos photos sont magnifiques. L'image ci-haut du garçon tournant dos à la caméra et l'autre au baton est un ballet visuel où leurs gestes, leurs postures comme par enchantement nous rappelle l'enfance.
Henry Saint-Fleur, photographe
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