I cover news, fashion, sport, features… There’s no subject that I don’t shoot.
My earliest memories of photography are family albums.
I learnt photography on my own, I never went to photography courses, not at all. The only real photo school is to go out on the streets and just take pictures.
I started my career as a sports photographer for a photo agency and the French daily sports newspaper – ‘L’Equipe’. I was a good beginning because sports stories are the most difficult ones to cover. When you’re trained as a sports photographer you can shoot anything else.
I don’t remember my first assignment. It was 36 years ago, and there have been so many stories since then…
All stories are big for me, every story is important. I try to do my best on each one, whether it is something that reaches many publications or just a small story with beautiful images. At Reuters you have to be ready to cover anything.
When I take pictures, I am reporting for Reuters clients with my camera. My audience is newspapers and websites.
My biggest lesson as a photographer has been to forget yourself and concentrate on the story. Cover a story as a news photographer, and not as if you are pretending to be an artist. A good picture is a picture published, which meets our clients' needs.
My best assignment is always the next one.