I have photographed everything from politicians to pandas in zoos, from top models to world champion weightlifters.
My first memory of photography is learning to build photograms – a kind of photographic image that you make without a camera – at school when I was 13. Through spending two years creating these photograms, I learnt about the chemical side of photography.
I touched my first camera at the school’s photo society in 1992, and I learnt about the various settings, technical shooting and how to zoom.
My first assignment was covering a football game (Tracy-le-Mont vs. Hermes) in February 1995. I was working for the newspaper Le Parisien, and that day I understood that covering a football game with a 35mm lens was an impossible task. The only shot that I could use was the team photo.
The story that left the biggest mark on me was covering the London Olympics in 2012 and witnessing the victory of Ben Ainslie, who became the first person to win medals at five different Olympic Games for sailing - my other hobby!
I like challenges and first times. It was just as exciting going to the Valley of the Queens in Egypt to take pictures of Nicolas Sarkozy and his then new girlfriend Carla Bruni with a Canon PowerShot G9, as it was to witness the launch of the Russian Soyuz VS01 rocket in French Guiana.
My photos are aimed at a large audience. I want to be the eyes of the world, to look and to provide information which broadens our understanding of the world around us and the events that affect people’s lives.
My biggest lesson: never forget to wear your bullet proof jacket when you cover a war conflict!
I respect people who work to promote and defend freedom of speech everywhere in the world.
I like the words of Martine Franck: “A photograph is a fragment of time that will not return.”