Director of the Basango Foundation, art and testing center in Pointe-Noire, Congo. Filmmaker, film producer. In 2003, I directed the documentary "Brève rencontre à Brazza", which was selected at the Montecatini-Terme film festival in Italy. I worked as a filmmaker on different projects in Colombia, Kosovo, Switzerland, Jordan and Mexico, notably for the ICRC in Panama in the Darién region. I exhibited in Cartagena in Colombia at the Alliance Française . I worked for AFP (Agence France Presse) in Mexico. As Director - Producer - Editor of the film which received the third United Nations Prize for Human Rights in 2008 - "1 Minuto de No Silencio Por ". As Director of the short fiction film "¡Recibí Flores Hoy! " Which was presented at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in the short film corner section. Since 2017 I'm live in Bogota, Colombia to poursuit my photographic artwork.
The Black and White is very present in my photographic world where the legacy of photographers like Seydou Keïta, Malick Sidibé, Okhai Ojeikere and Jean Depara are still a source of inspiration. There are no specific themes for Black and White. This depends mainly on the photographer, his photographic culture, his look, what he wants to express through his images. It's just a matter of sensitivity and style. In reportage, photographing is telling a story, Black and White is a way to tell it.
The Black and White is another visual language in which we see contrasts and densities instead of colors and accentuates the interpretation and the poetic aspect of an image. Some themes are more suitable for Black and White and this allows to maintain aesthetic harmony. It is an emotional choice for me. My job is mainly the report and the portrait and my approach is to express emotions. Black and White often allows you to get to the essentials what color can divert from the main theme. By depriving himself of the colors, the photographer can concentrate more on the framing, the angle and the time. The Black and White catches the light, highlights the lines and gives it a timeless and poetic dimension. It is a true aesthetic and artistic choice. Black and White can express a personal vision. It tends to the essential, has more mystery, has poetry, has a power of abstraction.
As the color, the Black and White takes a lot of work during the digital development to obtain a particular result, a photographic style. This has allowed me to give a different dimension to my work, to tell stories with a language, with a different interpretation. The technique is important, but creativity and reflection are essential and the specificity of the look does not come from the choice between color or black and white but from the photographer himself and his focus.