Therese Di Campo

Therese Di Campo

Based
Goma, DRC
Born
Dijon, France
Status
Photographer
“I enjoy giving a voice to the people who are not represented.”

Beat

Social issues, daily life and conflicts.

One Shot

. Idjwi Island, Democratic Republic of Congo. Reuters/Therese Di Campo
“The pygmys live in really straitened circumstances and often go hungry. On this day the community began to play music, dance and sing, and there was a feeling of carelessness. For, me, this pictures represents a moment of grace.”

Profile

A photo book by Chris Marker called “La Jetée” – is my earlier memory of photography. A friend gave it to me when I was a teenager.

I taught myself how to take photographs – I would walk the streets or travel overseas, experimenting with different methods.

My first assignment was in Egypt in 2013 - I worked on a story about the thousands of families in Cairo who live in cemeteries because of overcrowding in the capital. In hindsight, I didn’t immerse myself in the story. When I work on stories now I really try to get to know the subjects in question.

An assignment in eastern DR Congo left the biggest mark on me - In 2016, I arrived in a village just after 17 people had been killed in a machete massacre. Most of the victims were children and pregnant women. I spent time with the local villagers, who told me their stories.

The stories which excite me the most are ones about social injustice – I enjoy giving a voice to the people who are not represented. Getting to know them and helping them tell their stories to the world.

I never think about an audience when I take pictures - A picture is for anyone who looks at it.

I respect the Czech photographer Josef Koudelka -  I enjoyed his series about the Roma people in Western Europe. I also have a lot of respect for those courageous photographers who take pictures in the most hostile environments.

 

Behind the Scenes

Reuters photographer Therese Di Campo covers a protest by women workers at a fish canning factory in Agadir.