Vincent Kessler

Vincent Kessler

Based
Strasbourg, France
Born
Saint Louis, France
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1DX, 1D Mark IV
“I think it’s a great thing to be able to make a living doing what you love, but it’s even more important to still have other dreams.”

Beat

I usually cover European affairs, politics, social issues and sports.

One Shot

. STRASBOURG, France. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
Czeslaw Adam Siekierski, a member of the European Parliament, attends a debate about European Council negotiations over the economic crisis.
“I must admit, I have spent so much time covering debates at the European Parliament in Strasbourg that I have sometimes ended up in the same state as some members of the parliament themselves. But it’s a nice challenge to try to take pictures that are different and interesting in a place where you have been working for years.”

Profile

My earliest memory of photography is my father’s old 35mm roll film FOCA camera. It was broken when I was born, and I have very few pictures of myself as a child. Maybe I’m still trying to fill that absence!

I taught myself the technical side of photography, but I have also learnt a lot from looking at the work of colleagues.

I got my first assignment as a young freelancer, when I was accredited to go to a major European soccer final in Strasbourg. I worked there as a runner, bringing other photographers' rolls of film back to the lab. The experience taught me that actually taking the pictures is only a small part of the job.

I’m most excited by social stories; I like anything with a strong element of human interest because to me these assignments are the best at showing real life.

I have learnt to never go on an assignment with a prebuilt idea in mind of what I want to photograph – it really narrows the way you think. When you go to the EU Parliament, for example, it’s easy to believe you know what picture you want to take, but you should always be aware and open to capturing something new.

When I was younger, I shared two passions with a friend: music and photography. He is now a professional musician with a passion for photos, and I am a professional photographer with a passion for music. I think it’s a great thing to be able to make a living doing what you love, but it’s even more important to still have other dreams.

Behind the Scenes

. Strasbourg, France
Reuters photographer Vincent Kessler walks by French farmers driving tractors as they demonstrate against deteriorating economic conditions due to a fall in agricultural prices.