ABOUT

In 2014, I produced a photographic investigation about the resurgence of slums around Paris area, sixty years after the first immigrants from Algeria settled in those unhealthy “housing”, where Roma people took their place today. This work marks the beginning of a growing interest about the importance of images in the collective memory.

 

While working on assignments for several newspapers and companies, particularly during the French presidential elections, I started to work on my own documentary projects regarding the impact of severe weather and specific geography on people, especially on their faith and spirituality. Those works took me in the United States, more specifically in the Tornado Alley, and in Corsica, which is an island where very old pagans traditions have been preserved. All of those works are enriched with video, sound recording and text.

 

In 2019, I had to go to a rehab to get myself clean from alcohol. I documented this episode of my life and turned it into Ethanol, a photographic series about what life is like when you have to sober up and stay clean. This work was exhibited in 2020 at Circulation(s) Photo Festival in Paris.

As my photographic practicing develops, I lean towards an aesthetics where fiction and documentary mix-up in order to create more immersive story-telling. At a time where anyone can record an event with professional devices before any actual journalist is on the field, I deeply believe that we, as photographers, have to think over the practice of the profession  and do not exclusively call each other exclusively photographer, but also author. 

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CURRICULUM VITAE

Assignments

Mediapart, Le Parisien, Libération, Vanity Fair, Prier, La Croix Hebdo, Twitter, Huawei, LVMH, Mac Donald, Oh Les Beaux Jours, Les Correspondances de Manosque, Les Rencontres d'Averroès

 

Exhibitions

2020 - ÉTHANOL, exhibited at Circulation(s) photo festival in Paris

2019 - STEP-BACH, artistic residency exhibited at Forbach's public library 

2014 - FRACTURES, at La Rue de l’Aumône Vieille s’éveille, street festival

2014 - BIDONVILLES D'HIER ET D'AUJOURD'HUI, Theater Festival in Avignon, OFF

 

Education

2011 - Degree in philosophy and literature, La Sorbonne University

2012 - Master degree in literature and journalism, La Sorbonne University

2016 - Master degree in journalism, specialized in multimedia and written press, at the CUEJ (University of Journalism Education)  in Strasbourg.

 

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