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page 1: My life, one shutter click at a time.




View page 91 for the justifications of these statements.


I am a professional freelance photographer in Paris, specializing in fashion, advertising, industry, reportage, portraits, archi/deco, events, lingerie, press, beauty, sports, panoramic, celebrities, pageants, and more.
I share with you my photographic secrets discovered during my 40 years of business.
Christian Fournier in numbers: 36 years of experience, over 9 million photos, clients: L'Oréal, Dior, Renault, GMF, Ebay, Garmin, Medef, Tollens, Etam, Nike, Sogaris, Cathay Pacific, Unesco, etc.….


The first 66 years.


I became a photographer by vocation. Photography made my life exciting.

Warning: I will appear on many photos!

This biography is, for the first 36 pages (until my doom in 1993!), rather raw. Therein I will divulge both my strengths and shortcomings. If you are sensitive or in a hurry to find my current photography production with my rates, please start at page 45 at which shows that I am established in Paris and very professional.

or go to page 89, which is a good fun summary and fully translated into English

This is not a fiction, but a highly illustrated and uncensored biography.

As far as I know I have told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, but there might be small errors in dates or in the spelling of certain names and places. If you do find any such mistakes, please don't hesitate to let me know and I will correct them immediately. Thank you.


I would like to thank all contributors
,
including Wikipedia (for providing a few of my heros’ biographies). They are too many to name, yet I will try to do so in the captions of each photo.
Adriana Karembeu, Alain Auclair Weiller, Alain Gorsky, Alana Maudsley Zeller, Allan Jones, Allen Jolley, Amélie Mauresmo, Albane Fioretti, Alexandre Barthet, Andrew Bruce, Andrew Novis, Angelo Falcone, Anita Frackowska, Anna et Max Normand, Anne-Lise Auclair, Antoine Schneck, Béatrice Quentin, Béactrice Powis, Berengère Desmettre, Barry Moss, Bernard Reid, Bleu Equipage, Bruno Duval, Bruno Calendini, Camille Verrier, Carlos Lopez, Caroline Pequeux, Catherine Belon, Cédric Klapisch, Charlie Dawson, Christian Deduve, Christian Malette, Christian Parramon, Christine Naït Sidnas, Christophe Gorsky, Cil De Kolda, Claire Guarrigue, Claude Michaud, Claude Slowick, Claude Crévecoeur, Cil de Kolda Barthelémy Loucheur, Claire Guarrigue, Corinne Paris, Craig Hellmann, Cyril Bruneau, David Doyembourg, David Turner, Dean Collins, Didier Lefevre, Didier Loiseleur, Dom Rideau, Dominique Fournier, Doug Plews, Emmanuelle Lauer, Eddy Woj, Elisabeth Lenihan, Elodie Biscons, Eric Naras, Etienne Lemaire, Eve Pranger, Ezra Todd Shelton, Florence Arthaud, Florence Billotte-Dercourt, Florence Coufourier, Franck Brussel, François Carillou, François Morel, Frédérique Gorsky, Frédéric Laurent, Georges Pernoud, Graham Mitchinson, Gustave Parking, Gwendoline Henry, Henri Salvador, Hubert Reeves, Isabelle Nery, Isabelle Quesnel, Jamie Harrisson, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jef Tombeur, Joelle De Montille, John Cable, Josette Jorietti, Julie Taillasson, Julie Tauvel, Jurgen Freund, Karel de Gendre, Karine Rouesne-Sabarots, L'Abbé Pierre, Laetitia Casta, L'atelier Fournier Schneck, Laura Lang, Laurence Parisot, Laurent Guillaume, Lenny Kravitz, Leonard Cohen, Lila Dhermies, Liza Rasmussen, Lucky Nguyen, Marc Atlan, Marc Bromhead, Marianne Chevara, Marine Klein, Martine Fournier, Matthieu Etourneau, Michelle Farrelly, Mondino, Natalia Pushkina, Nathalie Camidebach, Nathalie Mentré, Nicolas Cantelou, Nicolas Hulot, Nicole Bordes, Nigel Atherton, Nikolaus Roche Kresse, Olivier F. De Felice, Pascal Guiraud, Pat Denton, Patrick Carreau, Patrick Clement, Paul Cooper, Paul Newman, Patrici Panizzi, Paul Car, Peter Beard, Petra Lindblad, Philippe Ducoloner, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Pierre-Yves Mahé, Phylippe Routier, Prisca Lafleur, Raoul Monthouel, Reza Deghati, Richard Kirsch, Roger Durantis, Rony Willis, Ron Stam, Sabine Crossen, Sandrine Filleuil, Sébastien Dru, Shannon Templeton, Sharon Ashton, Sharon Goldberg, Simon Emm, Sonia Paul, Ulises Stegmayer, Stuart Ward, Sylvie Lecointe, Thanh Nguyet Vu, Tikki Olgado, Tim Horrox, Tim Venn, Tom Long, Veronica Roach Chaussade, Yan Arthus Bertrand, Yves de Lanascol, etc. Remerciements à Sarah Hasselman, BSc (Honours), BA, MA in French (2015), McMaster University, for her help on some translations. Thanks to Sophie Vélissariou-Audé for the French proof reading  


Fashion, advertising, industry, reportage, conventions and weddings, etc.



Photo taken on a tripod with a remote control in 2013. As you will see further along, I have mastered the art of remote control.
Take note of the magnificent, somewhat low-angled lighting which outlines the wrinkles. Better than Harcourt. This is Christian Fournier lighting!



ABOUT CHRISTIAN FOURNIER

CHRISTIAN FOURNIER is a professional freelance photographer based in Paris, France, specializing in fashion, advertising, industry, reportage, corporate and weddings for the last 20 years

CHRISTIAN FOURNIER is a true independent photographer who attended a British photo school (view all my diplomas), is very experienced, passionate and creative. Despite its diversity, prisedevue.photos is not an agency, it is CHRISTIAN FOURNIER himself (no sub-contracting) who will carry out your photo shoot and the post production with the best equipment (always two cameras at all times for safety).

CHRISTIAN FOURNIER has a complete knowledge of the graphic chain which allows him to deliver fully finished pictures, even very complicated ones. Among his clients: Nike, Etam, Ober, SFR, Comme des Garçons, Dessange, Conde Nast, Alcatel, L'Oréal, Hachette, GEFCO, Schweppes, Holiday Inn, Peugeot, etc.. See a larger list.

CHRISTIAN FOURNIER is a true professional, well organized, polite, who will set everything up to carry out his undertakings, from preparation to delivery. His equipment is always the very best. See his large list. He delivers his photos fully optimized within a day, on DVD, by post or via DropBox pro with fibre optic Internet.

CHRISTIAN FOURNIER does not hide anything: all his tariffs are clearly shown on prisedevue.photos; the sales terms are also visible. CHRISTIAN FOURNIER is properly registered as a business within the French legislations (Siret 41139772200017), he produces legal invoices (Agessa: 038756), his book keeping is checked by a government regulated boby: AARP (n° adhérent: 006185).

CHRISTIAN FOURNIER is insured for you: assurance multirisque commerciale et professionnelle à responsabilité civile chez Aviva numéro 74153215. Coverage in case of accident in your premises or his studio.

My Toyota Yaris Verso car/van is an extension of my studio and contains a lot of photo equipment (all cameras are doubled) to ensure a quality shoot on location.

CHRISTIAN FOURNIER "prisedevue.photos: for all your photographic services" 14 square de Port Royal, 75013 PARIS FRANCE Tel: + 33 (0)6 60 94 33 80

Acces map to my studio with parking info


I know what you’re thinking, yes, I take a lot of photos. There’s nothing strange about that! It’s my profession, my passion, I always have a camera within arm’s reach, a friend on hand to make a “making-of”, or of course my remote control.
Obviously I won’t be putting them all on this website, it would end up bigger than Wikipedia! Choosing isn’t easy.
Furthermore, many photos have been lost or damaged (I lead a life that is, in a very literal way, turbulent: I travel a lot), as a result of “The Great Flood” of 2000 (see page 44).

Until 1993, there was only conventional (film) photography. This was not only more difficult but also a lot more expensive (one had to pay for film and developing). Then, from about 1993 to 2008, digital sensors improved from terrible to decent. From 2008 onwards they became extremely good. I have experienced each of these phases.

Here I’m adding photos of me over the years so that you are able to identify me in the making-ofs.

The older the photo, the younger I look!









So you can recognize me after my death!






I was born in Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France, in 1953.
Masters in Mathematics in 1975.
1976-1978: School photo in England (City and Guild Diploma, photo 745 from Berkshire College of Art and Design)
1978-1979: Obligatory Military Service, paratrooper.
1980- 1993: Professional Freelance Photographer based in the United States
1993 - now: Professional Freelance Photographer based in Paris, France.

I already have the biography, now I just need to become famous.

Christian Fournier, a chameleon photographer, a powerful professional.

Sitting behind his digital cockpit style Airbus 380, Christian Fournier puts a finishing touch to the latest pictures of a costume party at the Carnavalet Museum in Paris. Several hundred shots travel between the two 30-inch screens, the MacPro 3.7 GHZ mill at full throttle. Tomorrow morning, it will send the 658 photos, individually optimized, to the customer, via DropBox, the optical fibre ensures the transmission of perfectly calibrated images in a few minutes.
For over twenty years the photographer has cultivated his reputation as ultra-pro, something to seduce and retain a clientele as demanding as versatile, solicited today by dozens of low-cost photographers little seasoned. Christian Fournier specializes in fashion, advertising, industry, reporting, corporate and wedding. It is therefore not surprising that L'Oréal has always been using its services for a dozen years. Like other major brands such as Renault, GMF or Tollens, the global cosmetics giant confided its event knowing that the man is able to deliver 5000 irreproachable photos within three days to illustrate its international network

Behind his looks as a teacher from his past as a mathematician, the sexagenarian photographer, shoots with the precision and speed of an elite hunter dubbed the creativity of a art director. Professional digital pioneer, he seized technology twenty years ago to make it a formidable tool without ever falling into strafing. In a few moments, he analyzes the scene, the scenario is put in place, his fingers caress the knobs of the Nikon or Hasselblad. After so many years of experience in the four corners of the planet, the adjustments are made today instinctively, releasing all his attention on the essential: the emotion. Unlike others who spend their time controlling if the photo is good, he knows! Focus on the moment and especially do not miss moments of grace that will never come back.

Beyond his now flawless mastery of photography, Christian Fournier remains a character in this environment, appealing guy, who has kept all the British humour acquired during his years studying photography in England. Self-deprecation is part of his daily life, as is the meaning of gag. At ease in all situations, a supermodel or the CEO of a CAC40 company, will not make him lose his means. Authoritarian without ever losing his courtesy, Christian Fournier directs, advises, models or clients but remains the prime contractor. The client will discover the results later, always pleasantly surprised by unexpected angles and a science of almost magical light.
After a long career in the US, advertising, editorial and cruise ships, Christian Fournier has since anchored in Paris. From his small ship in the 13th district where he has a photo studio, he puts passion, reactivity, reliability and imagination at the service of a perfect photograph. A suitcase always at hand to carry out a reportage at the end of the world, scuba diving or aboard a helicopter!

Richard Kirsch, journalist


10 000 photos, 25 bottles of aspirin, 2 pairs of glasses, 3 computers, 2 scanners, an iPad, an iPhone, 250 litres of coffee, and my 150 yellow-paged scrapbooks were used in necessary for this creation.



I hope you'll like it, it took me hours.

The sensors and web capabilities from 1995 to 2005 were horrible compared to now (2019). 40 KB max by images. My uploads at this time were therefore bad. I replace them little by little. It's long. Thank you for your indulgence.

Conclusion 1: I must not be bad, so that all these people trust me.
I have loyal customers, a sign that they are satisfied with my services. Examples: Tollens, MEDEF, Dior, GMF, Unesco, L'oréal, Anaé, Agefiph, Essilor, Genzyme, Embassy Ireland, The Advertisers Club, Garmin, VW, etc. ...

Conclusion 2: Thanks to all these varied clients (industry, wedding, corporate and personal portraits, press, events, objects, medical, culinary, diving, sports, pageants, etc. ..), I see extraordinary slices of life, confidential or public, trades and fabulous countries. I do feel very privileged. Real life, live. Thank you customers.

In rough estimation, I take 5,000 photos a week. 5,000 x 52 = 260,000 a year. For 35 years = 9,100,000 photos. Well, I would like to reach 10 million anyway!



There is also a search command, not always up to date, but pretty comprehensive on all my reportages:



Due to manipulations between prisedevue.com, prisedevue.photos and famousphotographer.com, some links may be broken. Sorry. I'm working on it !

My blogs

2007 2019


Not many photographers have the courage to show their photos on a daily basis. I do it to show that in a wide range of photography, I always take good photos for my clients. Technical perfection and an obvious sensitivity. If you imagine the logistic necessary for these missions (estimates, preparations, equipment, transports in traffic jams, safety, etc.), you can see that I am a photographer who achieves results in all circumstances.

Technical mastery, a certain sensitivity. If you understand all the logistics necessary for all these missions (quotes, preparations, equipment, transport, traffic jams, security, etc.), you see that I am a photographer who gets pictures taken.



I took this photo of the incredible David Turner in Colorado in 1983. No he did not fly away.


Me in 1983 in Cozumel, Mexico, photo by Allan Jones. Trombone loan by Rob Waterfield. You have to blow the water out of the trombone before you can produce any sound, so it is tough, but it worked and really impressed the local fish.

I am looking for an editor for this magnificent visual book of photos which is original and unique in its abundant illustrations.
It contains some spectacular photos, sociological studies, profound philosophical reflections, a bankrupcy or maybe two, unexpected developments, a plethora of pedagogical technical details, scuba diving, amourous escapades, travels, glaciers, fish, sailing, aviation, and some very pretty sometimes scantily-clad young women.

It has a huge archeological value. I have provided many photos so that the chief editor has more than enough to choose from.
You know, I could even have it adapted for the big screen, Hollywood style.
Although I can’t quite decide between Leonardo Di Caprio or George Clooney for the lead role.


“Anything that happens, happens.
Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen.
Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again.
It doesn’t necessarily do it in chronological order, though.” ― Douglas Adams





This site is not very recommendable, sometimes hilarious, sometimes fascinating, sometimes frightening.


I am an individual born on earth, of human race, western, white, not racist, of French and Anglo-Saxon cultures, bilingual French-English, tireless traveller, scientist, solid humour, atheist with only one "religion": love, heterosexual, feminist, professional versatile photographer, asthmatic, underwater diver, sail captain, airplane pilot, glacier climber, pacifist, ecologist, journalist without press card, completely independent, uncensored, political opinion: freedom, direct, naive.
When you combine all these ingredients into one and the same being, my experience offers what can be an unusual portal to visualize life, society and the universe, in pictures.







Answers to the questions of Page 1:

His résumé, written in the third person for Wikipedia

In the end, he has three questions:
- Did he take beautiful photos?
- Did he have fun?
- Have his photos been useful?

The answers are here! You can see them with the images on page 99 of his biography: www.prisedevue.photos

√ Birth place: Earth, Race: Human. Religion: Love, Politics: Freedom

√ Western, white, not racist,
atheist, heterosexual, feminist, pacifist, solid humour

√ Born 1953 in Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France, very modest and broken family

√ Suffered from severe asthma, which runs in the family,
so not allowed to play any sports

√ Missing two front teeth by birth,
a little like John Lennon or Vanessa Paradis but as good

√ Learned English on his own, listening to the Beatles, 1970-1975

√ Bachelor's degree in mathematics, Université d'Amiens, France, 1975

√ War against the French National Education system, 1975. He changes career

√ Voluntary ecological work for The National Trust (England), 1975

√ Photo school in England, Royal Berkshire College of Art and Design, 1978

√ Military service at disciplinary air base for parachuting, Drachenbronn, Vosges, France, 1979

√ Professional free-lance photographer, based in California, USA, for 13 years. Works as a freelance photographer for The Cruise Ship Picture Co. LTD, on cruise ships around the world.

√ Reportages on horrible living conditions in Haiti in 1980, 1981, 1984 and 1987

√ Photographed and answered questions with Jimmy Carter in 1981,
at the time the most powerful man in the world.
President Carter had just created a new CIA section for the Middle East and the USSR
and was behind, among other things, Operation Argo. He had Christian Fournier added to his list of potential agents

√ Private pilot's license (PPL) in Missouri, USA, 1982

√ Photographed very pretty girls

√ Scuba dives all over the world, despite asthma,
402 dives, 61 countries, 5 continents and 5 oceans. Examples: Lake Erie, in wells and quarries, use of the industrial Kirby-Morgan dive mask, insulated dry suits in Alaska, Sharks in California, Flooded calcite caves on the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia, Polynesia, PADI Enriched Air Diver certification, Whale sharks and cenotes in Yucatan Mexico, ice diving in a lake in Tignes, France

√ Glacier climbing in Alaska 1983-1989. √ Chased by a bear in Alaska

√ Sailing licence, Florida, 1984 ....

√ Invented "Formal Portraits" on cruise ships, 1984 ...

√ Dogsledge expedition beyond the artic circle, 1984

√ Photographed a real Playmate, Susan Schott, 1984

√ In love with Dr. Nicole Bordes, 1987-1992, superconductivity researcher at Los Alamos,
the largest concentration of scientists and computers in the world

√ Photographed under the Cruise ship S/S Norway, former S/S France, US Virgin Islands, 1988

√ Photographed Henri Salvador, France most famous humorist at the time, on-board former Paquebot S/S France, le S/S Norway in 1989

√ Bought a large property in Canada, 1990 and created "The Studio in the Woods"

√ Photographed sharks, outside the cage, California, 1990

√ Undercover photographer for the CIA in Leningrad, USSR, summer 1991,

√ Photographed the fire on board the S/S Ocean Pearl from French Paquet cruiseline in 1992 with proves that freedom of press in France is a joke.

√ Reportage on the Yakel Tribe, who lives in the rain forest, deprived of all material possessions, on Tanna Island in Vanuatu in 1992-93

√ First one in the world to photograph the dugong (cousin of the manatee) in its natural habitat. √ Attacked by a dugong, 1993

√ Official photographer of the inaugural 3-month cruise of the Club Med II, giant sail boat,
one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, from Le Havre to New Caledonia, with stops in Djibouti, Australia and Japan, 1992-1993

√ Publications in Penthouse Magazine,
described as very classy by the editor, Phil Abraham, met in Los Angeles in 1993

√ Ruined in 6 months by a crook

√ Homeless in Paris, 1993. Rumors of his death have been exaggerated

√ He becomes a professional free-lance photographer in Paris, 1994, specializing in fashion, advertising, industry, reportage, portraits, archi, deco, events, lingerie, press, beauty, sports, panoramic, celebrities, pageants, and more
Recognized as a great photographer by his clients:
L'Oréal, Unicef, Alcatel, Dior, Renault, Dessange, GMF, Ebay, Garmin, Medef, Tollens,
Etam, Nike, Sogaris, Agefiph, Cathay Pacific, Unesco, Conde Nast, Disney, etc
His small studio at Square de Port Royal, in the middle of Paris, small, but a marvel of technology and efficiency. Perfect for portraits and still life.

√ Met Raymond Depardon in 1994 during the creation of l'Atelier Fournier-Schneck
and in October 2016 for his film "Les Habitants"

√ He created a website site with Noos (later on to become Numéricable, then SFR) around 1995

√ Photo for the Windows 95® launch. Thank you Bill Gates, the richest man in the world

√ Publication of an underwater photography book:
"Émotions sous-marines" 1996

√ Photographed Paul Newman and Carole Bouquet, at a Charity Gala In Aid of L'Envol At Hôtel Ritz In Paris 1998

√ Photographed and assists photographer Peter Beard in 1998 with the Chaplin sisters as models and Topolino as makeup artist

√ Photographed in 1998 a hidden laboratory for making black powder in Sicily by the italian mafia

√ Cannes Film Festival in May 1998 for Studio Magazine with Jean Reno, Hugh Grant, etc

√ Photographed L'Abbé Pierre, beloved French priest, WWII hero, then deputy, founder of the Emmaüs charity organisation in his home, 1999

√ Created a human logo in Bercy with the Minister of finances,
DSK (Dominique Strauss Kahn), and the 100 most important personalities in the French Economy 1999

√ Photographed Yann Arthus Bertrand in his home en 1999. He is the luckiest photographer in the world

√ He created his website www.prisedevue.com in 2000, with logo and T-shirt. Constantly enriched, its site is by far the largest site (46 GB) of any freelance photographer in France
As of December 8, 2019, when one types professional photographer in Paris into Google, he appears in eighth position of "not paying"

√ Photographs Lionel Jospin (French prime minister at the time) in July 2000, during the Concorde crash

√ Reportage at Fort Boyard (Fort Boyard is a French game, set and filmed on the real fortress of the same name in France) in June 2001

√ Photographs Stéphane Berne (well known French journalist, radio host and television presenter) on June 27, 2001 at the Château de Versailles

√ Seen his photos on the covers of magazines in France's news stands

√ Photographs Jacques Chirac (Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988, as well as the Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, President of France from 1995 to 2007)
from 2001 to 2007 and his funerals in 2019

√ Photographs Marion Cotillard aged 26 for "Les Sapins des Créateurs" at l'Espace Cardin on 20th December 2001. She is a French actress, starred as the French singer Édith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose". She won the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, the César Award, and the Golden Globe Award for best actress

√ Photographs Laetitia Casta
at the Swarovski Party at the "Club de l'Etoile" on January 20, 2001 and on March 6, 2015 at the reception of the Dior fashion show at the Louvre. She is Victoria's Secret Angel model from 1998 to 2000 and as a spokesperson for cosmetics company L'Oréal. She has appeared on over 100 covers of popular magazines as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle and Glamour, and has modeled for designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Lolita Lempicka, and Vivienne Westwood

√ Bought a 550,000 € apartment in Paris, , end of mortgage in 2018
+ over 200,000 € of photo and computer equipment + a Toyota car Yaris Verso

√ Photographs Nicolas Canteloup (France famous humorist) at Kensington in 2005 and at l'Olympia with his step brother René Ghérardi in April 2011

√ Met over 300 celebrities, 5 heads of states,
25 ministers, 7 Miss France, 1 Miss Universe, 7 famous photographers, 11 famous scientists,

√ Photographs Pierre Cardin in 2006 at Maxim's, Paris

√ Fully independent journalist, without press card,
committed to the promotion of science, ecology, justice and non-violence.
Met the Russian and Sicilian mafia, the CIA and the French DST, etc

√ Seen your photo on 4x3 meters posters throughout France

√ Met Frédérique Gorsky, an extraordinary girl, during a scuba diving expedition
to Madagascar for the magazine "Plongeur International" in 2001,
Pacs (legal French fake wedding: almost, but not quite, entirely unlike marriage) in 2013

√ Photographed Liliane Bettencourt from 2003 to 2009. Thanks Liliane, the richest woman in the world

√ Reportages on living conditions in India 2005-2007

√ Photographs Claude Lelouch on 11 April 2007 in Paris. He is a French film director, writer, cinematographer, actor and producer. His famous movie A Man and a Woman won the Palme d'Or at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, as well as two Oscars including Best Foreign Language Film

√ Referee in a model vs agency conflict. TF1 "Sans Aucun Doute" in my studio.
Weekly then annual “zapping” of Canal+ 2008

√ Photographer for Redken and Maybelline of the "Amsterdam International Fashion Weeks", AIFW, the fashion weeks in Amsterdam, two weeks a year from 2008 to 2010. Backstage, studio, shows.
Even though cities like Paris and Milan are more famous when it comes to fashion, Holland is now also playing a significant role in the world of fashion design. Amsterdam International Fashion Week takes place twice a year in Amsterdam and confirms Holland's place in the world of fashion.

√ Photographs Lenny Kravitz in Concert at Bercy in May 2009 for English people agency Wenn

√ Photographs Eric-Colmet-Daage, chief editor of The French magazine PHOTO in 2010

√ Photographs Karl Lagerfeld, the greatest Chanel stylist (he says so himself) in November 2010

√ Met a whale shark, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, 2011

√ Photographs Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon renewing their wedding vows at Plaza Athénée, Paris, France on 27 April 2012

√ His incredible panoramic shots immortalize the London 2012 Olympic Games

√ Photographs Usain Bold, the fastest man in the world in 2013, during the Samsung advertising campaign 4 to 6 July 2013 at Circuit Ducatti in Le Mans and at Stade de France

√ Photographed Emmanuel Macron, for Renault, 2014

√ Photographed the Republican March "Charlie", January 11, 2015, about 1.8 million people,
the largest gathering in the history of France, panoramic 130 MB, January 11, 2015

√ Photographs Francis Ford Coppola on 28 January 2015 at Festival Toute La Mémoire Du Monde in Paris. Francis Ford Coppola is the director of the Godfather Trilogy and Apocalypse Now, etc. He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time

√ Photographs Charlize Theron at avant-première for the film Dark Places on 31 March 2015. She is one of the world's highest-paid actresses, as of 2019

√ Photographed the blood moon, with "Association Française d'Astronomie"
Photo exhibited at NASA. Thanks to Shannon Templeton, met in 1989

√ August 2016: went to Douglas Adams's grave in Highgate cemetery, near London, to pay his respects. So long Douglas, and thanks for all the books. Just like Zaphod Beeblebrox, I think the third arm suits him.

√ 2017: Photographed Sebastião Salgado, for Christian Fournier, the best photographer in the world

√ Photographed for L'oréal: many still life products in 2001,
the heads of departments for the Division of Produits de Luxe in 2001, the ad for the launch of Infinium in 2003,
2004 in Bari Italy, Cannes in France in 2005, in Croatia in 2006, in 2007 in Greece,
in 2008 in Sardinia, in 2010 in Canary Islands, in 2011 in Greece again, in 2012 in Sapin,
in 2013 in Malta, in 2014 in Dubai, in 2015 in Cannes again, in 2016 in Lisbon,
in 2017 in a studio in Paris, International Style & Color Trophy in 2019 in Paris

√ Photograph Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe 2017, the most beautiful woman in the world in 2017

√ Photographed the most beautiful classical music concerts in Europe:
- March 2016: The Royal Albert Hall of London, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler's Symphony No.2
- June 2016: Palau de la Música, The Palace of Music in Barcelona
- January 2017: Hector Berlioz's concert Te Deum at The Philharmonie de Paris
- April 2018: Concert at the Victoria Hall of Geneva, Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn and Dvořák

√ 2018: Photographed Ennio Morricone, for Christian Fournier, the best composer in the world, at Cinémathèque de Bercy

√ Chosen by Lockheed Martin Weapon Systems security as their official and unique photographer for the signature of Israel’s Advanced Defence Systems
and Lockheed Martin Weapon Systems for missile guidance systems,
at Eurosatory, International Weapon Show in Paris France, 14th June 2018.
Millions of dollars and the face of wars at stake

√ Name engraved on a chip deposited on Mars, 26th November 2018 by Insight.
Thanks to Shannon Templeton, met in 1989.
She works for NASA on the TESS program, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which searches for exoplanets.

√ In 40 years: over 9 millions photos
130 Fashion sessions, 487 Conventions, 56 Editorials, 380 Celebrities, 104 Weddings,
400 Species of animals including 7 species of squirrels, 200 Still life, 366 Architecture,
250 Press events, 252 Industry, 216 Ads, 35 Historical reenactments,
202 Humour shots, 112 Personal artistic endeavours, 502 Scuba dives, etc

 

√ 2019 examples:
- Anno 1900 in Luxembourg,
- Victory Day in England,
- Mondial "Air Ballons Chambley",
- Le Diner En Blanc Paris,
- 130 years Tour Eiffel (zip line and lasers),
- Salon International de l'Aviation et l'Espace,
with Matthew McConaughey and Emmanuel Macron,
- Violent demonstrations 01 May in Paris,
- Fire at Notre Dame de Paris,
- L'Oréal La French Art of Hair Colouring,
- The "yellow jackets" in Paris, etc

 

√ Committed to the promotion of science, ecology, justice and non-violence.
77 reportages so far:

- 1991: Jakarta: "Smiles in the dirt" for Photo Asia,
- 2002-2003-2004: Adriana Karembeu for the French Red Cross,
- 2005-2008-2009-2013-2014-2015: UNESCO for Women and Science,
- February 2007: Citizens of the Earth: The Paris Conference on Global Ecological Governance with Nicolas Hulot,
- May 22, 2010: Nature Capital: greenery at the Champs Elysées,
- May 22, 2014: Activist painter Louis-Pierre Promeheur protests against the visit to France of Chinese President Xi Jinping,
- January 29, 2015: Sidaction, HIV/AIDS Association at the Pavillon D'Armenonville
with Pierre Bergé, Julie Hantson, Pascal Obispo, Line Renaud, Pauline Lefevre,
Virginie Efira, Catherine Deneuve Augustin Trapenard and Alison Wheeler, etc,
- July-August 2016: Official photographer of a day of holidays in Versailles for 2,500 children without holidays in the presence of the Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay and the artist Olafur Eliasson,
- September 24, 2016: Walk against extinction, with Adriana Karembeu,
- October 11, 2017: The 11th edition of Pasteurdon with Alexandra Lamy and Claude Lelouch,
- April 18, 2017: March for Sciences in Paris,
- March 15, 2018: UNICEF Shoot, Dan Carter in a large studio,
- February 25, 2018: Illegal looting of fish in Lake Meudon,
- September 8th, 2018: Walk for the climate at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris,
- October 2018: Reportage, a day of advertising: the stifling and growing invasion of advertising absolutely everywhere,
- November 2018: Reportage, The Paris region is the world champion of geothermal, yes, that's good!
- Gay Pride in Paris 29th June 2019,
- July 14, 2019: 25 years of commitment to the access to culture for all. More than 2,800 people benefit from associations supported by the ENGIE Foundation and the Opéra National de Paris,
- On July 20, 2019, the anniversary of the first steps of the man on the Moon, the evening Mooon at Grand Palais proposes to the public a program mixing conversations with Claudie Haigneré and Thomas Pesquet,
- September 21, 2019: March for the climate, black blocks and yellow vests ... a mobilization Saturday in Paris,
- Walk against sexual violence on November 23rd, 2019. Stop seeing women fall under the blows of men: 49,000 people march in Paris against violence towards women.

 

√ 2019 The crisis: Photography has never thrived so well, the photographers never so badly. There are fewer and fewer photographers living from their profession, professional photography is slowly dying. My colleagues go bankrupt, my clients go bankrupt. My earnings are constantly falling and are now below my fixed costs.
In 2019: The fastest way to make money with your camera is to sell it.
Pro photographer in 2019: person who transports 20 000 € of gear in a car worth 500 € and makes 100 km to earn 50 €.

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Mat Jacob's shoots: Do not tell anyone that I'm a photographer
Mat Jacob, photographer and co-founder of Zone I, takes the pen to draw up a sad inventory of the profession of photographer ... He reviews everything in this business that suffocates. More than a joke, it is especially a cry of alarm that, we hope, will reach the ears of those who make sure that photography only exists in our "leisure" ...
Source: 9lives-magazine.com • Estimated reading time: 6 min. • Scooped on June 20, 2019 • Keyword (s): Photography market, Controversy

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Photojournalists 'wailing more and more', worries CEO of Visa's for the image.
"What has dramatically changed is the decline in budgets. In a newspaper, it's always the picture that toast first. There are many fewer newspapers that publish photojournalism than 30 years ago, many have disappeared "
Source: liberation.fr • Estimated reading time: 3 min. • Scooped on September 8, 2018 • Keyword (s): Photo market, Photojournalism

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Christian Fournier: The crisis is everywhere: many companies have an AQCG drawer. It's a drawer in which they put the bills of the providers they used. AQCG = Wait until they yell. So you have to yell many times to get paid. Tough. Thank you Frédérique Laurent, one of my clients (who, yes, he always pays me immediately) to explain me this special drawer.
I did a lot of work for Renault in 2015: it took 5 months to get paid! The entire Renault account is located in Romania.

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Christian Fournier: yes, I have a retirement plan, I will take pictures! Except that according to my official estimate IRCEC + AGESSA in May 3, 2017: if I retire at 64, I will earn 466 per month !!!!!!!!!!!!!
To revive my career, my agent advises me to die.

I must sell my apartment, but to go where ?

 

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