Francois Lenoir

Francois Lenoir

Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium
“I love to discover the different facets of human beings.”


I generally cover local and international news and sport.

One Shot

. LONGYEARBYEN, Norway. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files
Climate activists Lesley Butler and Rob Bell sunbathe on the edge of a frozen fjord in the Norwegian Arctic town of Longyearbyen.
“My favourite image that I've taken for Reuters is this timeless picture of two climate change activists in the Arctic. This picture was a big success, widely published and exclusive.”


My earliest memory of photography is discovering the works of Magnum photographers at school. I especially liked the work of Sebastiao Salgado and the Iranian photographer Abbas Attar.

I learnt to photograph at an art school in Brussels. I remember learning a lot from my first big sport assignments, because I was not used to covering sports topics at all.

One of my first assignments was covering supporters’ clashes during the Euro 2000 soccer tournament. The speed I was using to shoot the fighting and arrests was too slow, but it was a good experience and it gave me the chance to practice safety procedures in a difficult environment.

The story that had the biggest impact on me was a four-day trip to the Norwegian Arctic town of Longyearbyen for a climate change project. It gave me the rare opportunity to discover a part of the Arctic.

The stories and assignments that excite me most are social and environmental issues. I love to discover the different facets of human beings.

My biggest lessons have been to be patient and to shoot wide enough to capture everything.

I most respect people who are working in dangerous conditions to save lives or to inform the world about what’s happening.

I like the Wider Image project as we can go deeper into news coverage and spend more time on a story without rushing for deadlines.

Behind the Scenes

. LONGYEARBYEN, Norway. Reuters
Reuters photographer Francois Lenoir rides a skidoo between the Arctic town of Longyearbyen and the Russian village of Barentsburg about 1,000 km (621 miles) from the North Pole on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.
Lenoir photographs a man posing for a picture during the visit of Belgium's Queen Paola to Macca Masjid in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.