Smile of Syria
Few month before Syria made the International headline, I had the chance to pass by. I had a incredible time there traveling around the country. Starting the trip in Antakya, Aleppo, the west country side, Palmyra and finally Damascus.
Damascus: What a city, so vibrant! You can understand and see why Damascus is one of the oldest inhabited city in the world. But what really strike and intriguing about Damascus was its diversity of faces, style and welcoming smiles. I decided to go for it, asking people in the street if I could take a photo of them. The response from most of the people I came across was widely positive and enthusiastic.
This was also the perfect opportunity to share a tea and a conversation with all the person I met and to know a bit better about this wonderful city and culture
Red Gate Gallery, Brixton August 2010
De l’autre coté de la vitre
gets its roots in my desire to reproduce the daily journey I used to run between my hometown, Villemomble and Paris. Those landscapes at the same time desert, urban and open offer a different view on the suburb of Paris. After traveling around the world, this landscape, equally familiar and nowadays foreign, still provokes a peculiar fascination within me. Those landscape became for me the most intense I could have come across with. Taking the train has always been for me the beginning of traveling, literally my first trips. Walking along the railway track, I wanted to show a beauty that isn’t associated to the North-East suburb of Paris.
This isn’t a documentary on the suburb of Paris. I wish to give a personal testimony on the suburb I grew up in, on the place I chose to leave but still feel paradoxically a certain nostalgia for, without embellishing my memories but to depict its urban beauty. This project helped me to rediscover and to appreciate a landscape in its own value: the one I saw everyday through the window , the one that was part of my daily life.Finally, this train journey defined my youth, shaped my eye and character . For this project I chose the camera I learned photography and traveled the world with, to face the landscape that I know best.
This is Maroc
“This is Maroc” is a photographic and video documentary about La Nouvelle Scene emerging from Morocco in the last decade, a voyage along the paths of modern music in the country. Its aim is to describe not only the musicians but also their environment and the way the music is being established.
For than three months, Nicolas Orsini and Yann Sivault met the new leading figures in the Moroccan music scene and its industry. The work shows an eclectic variety of photographs, interviews and sounds based on the trips around five cities across Morocco: Rabat, Casablanca, Meknes, Marrakech and Essaouira.
“This is Maroc” documents the relationship between modern sound, which is growing everywhere in Morocco, and traditional culture. It describes the development in the last 10 years of a new infrastructure including the beginnings of the private radio stations “Hit Radio” in Rabat and “AswatRadio” in Casablanca; the rise of new recording studios across the country; and, finally, personal stories like Momo’s, unquestionably one the most important figures in Morocco’s music scene, who established the festivals “Le Boulevard” and “Le Tremplin”.
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Collaboration Seeking the Air, Sheperd Bush – March 2009
Between January and March 2008 I went to Lusaka, Zambia to run a photographic workshop with disadvantage children living in local community centres. The aim of this project was to provide an alternative culture and workshop to this local community. This is part of a project organized by local organisation “Barefeet” to provide alternative support to the local residents as well as top keep children away from the troublesome of the street of Lusaka.
This series of photographs has been taken in two centres where I made the workshop: “Hope of Foundation” and “Yosofo” It aims to represent the children daily life within their respective centre and the relationship that we built throughout the workshop
Collaboration at the Railway, Tulse Hill – Dec 2007