My passion for travel, discovery, and learning about different cultures, my desire to document the realities that I witness since my childhood and my passion for photography have been closely intertwined. Currently 44 years old, I have lived 32 years outside France, out of which 7 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
I am a self-taught photographer with 25 years experience. In 2009, I make the decision to "come out of my darkroom." I launch my website and participate to the French Magazine Photo annual competition with a publication within the same year, again in 2010, and 2012. The same year, the growing need to express my creativity through photography pushes me to devote myself entirely to it (I was working for multinationals in Asia Pacific for over 20 years).
The serie "on the road from Bikoro to Bokonda, DR Congo" awarded Best Photo Story Grant 2012 by AFD and exhibited at:
- Grand Palais during Paris Photo 2012 (SFR Jeunes Talents contest)
- Festival Circulation (s) in Paris March 2013
- Festival les Photographes Voyageurs at Bordeaux, France April 2013
- International Photography Festival, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, July 2013
- Institut Français de Kinshasa, DR Congo, September 2013
- Agence Française de Developpement, Paris, September 2013
- Lagos Photo, Nigeria, October 2013
- Angkor Wat Photo, Cambodia, November 2013
- Paris Photo OFF, France, November 2013
Other photographic works include “Kinshasa my love” exhibited at the Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia in December 2012, “The 4 Seasons in Shanghai” exhibited at the European Festival of Nude Photography in Arles, France, in May 2013, “Walé O Konga” exhibited at Portrait(s), Vichy France June 2013.
"I am Walé Respect Me", a rite of passage and a tribute to motherhood, fertility and femininity, is my last work on Ekondas pygmies in Congo, produced in 2013. Finalist of the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2013, selected to form part of the British Journal of Photography "the Ones to watch in 2014" and nominated for the prestigious Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award, the series will be exhibited at Arles in 2014, as well as Flash Forward Boston (USA), Schau Dortmund (Germany), Encontros Imagen (Portugal) and Lagos Photo (Nigeria).
A diverse and varied overview of current trends in contemporary photography. This year's six winners and 25 finalists represent work from 20 countries.
Congo Pygmy tradition includes a two to five-year ritual for new mothers which culminates in a colorful dancing and singing performance—these photographs are staged re-creations of these unique celebrations.
In addition to the six top winners, 25 remarkable international photographers have garnered special praise by the jury this year.