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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!


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.

In the end, I only have three questions:
- Did I take beautiful photos?
- Did I have fun?
- Have my photos been useful?

The answers are here! You can see them with the images on page 99

Birth place: Earth, 1953
Race: Human.
Religion: Love
Politics: Freedom

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

√ 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

√ Learned English alone as a Frenchman,
listening to the Beatles, 1970-1975

√ Bachelor's degree in mathematics, 1975

√ War against the French National Education system, 1975

√ Volontary ecological work for The National Trust (Angleterre), 1975

√ Photo school in England, 1978

√ Military service at disciplinary air base for parachuting, 1979

√ Professional free-lance photographer, based in USA, for 13 years

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

√ Photographed Jimmy Carter, 1981

√ Private pilot's license in USA, 1982

√ Photographed very pretty girls ...

√ Scuba dives all over the world, despite asthma,
402 dives, 61 countries, 5 continents and 5 oceans

√ 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

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

√ Photographed sharks, outside the cage, California, 1990

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

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

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

√ Bought a large property in Canada

√ Ruined in 6 months by a crook

√ Homeless in Paris, 1993

√ Professional photographer in Paris, 1994, 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 ...

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

√ Photographed Paul Newman, at a Charity Gala In Aid Of L'Envol At Hôtel Ritz In Paris 1998

√ Photographed L'Abbé Pierre 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.

√ Shot 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.

√ Seen your photo on the covers of magazines in France's news stands

√ 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

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

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

√ Seen your photo on 4x3 m posters throughout France

√ Met Frédérique Gorsky, Madagascar 2001

√ Reportages on living conditions in India 2005-2007

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

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

√ His incredible panoramic shots immortalize the London 2012 Olympic Games

√ Photographed Emmanuel Macron, 2014

√ Photographed Marche républicaine "Charlie", 2015, about 1,8 million people, 130 MB panoramic

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

√ 2017: Photographed Sebastião Salgado in Paris

√ 2018: Photographed Ennio Morricone at Cinémathèque de Bercy

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

√ Photographed for L'oréal: many still life products in 2001, the trombinoscope 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, en 2017 in a studio in Paris, International STYLE & COLOR TROPHY in 2019 in Paris

√ 2019: 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 demonstration 01 may in Paris, Fire at Notre Dame de Paris, L'Oréal La French Art of Hair Colouring, The yellow jacquets in Paris, etc...

√ Committed to the promotion of science, ecology, justice and non-violence. 77 reportages ....
- 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, - March 15, 2018: UNICEF Shoot, Dan Carter in a large studio. - February 25, 2018: Illegal looting of fish in Lake Meudon, - October 11, 2017: The 11th edition of Pasteurdon with Alexandra Lamy and Claude Lelouch, - April 18, 2017: March for Sciences in Paris, - September 24, 2016: Walk against extinction, with Adriana Karembeu, - May 22, 2010: Nature Capital: greenery at the Champs Elysees, - May 22, 2014: Activist painter Louis-Pierre Promeheur protests against the visit to France of Chinese President Xi Jinping, - February 02 and 03, 2007: Citizens of the Earth: The Paris Conference on Global Ecological Governance with Nicolas Hulot, - 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 ...

For the things you have not done yet:
my bio can be useful for you to learn and laugh.

For the things you have already done:
my bio can help you reminisce or laugh.


My life one shutter click at a time / Illustrated Visual Biography /
The first really illustrated bio / 100% photographer / The big picture / Scrapbook / Photographic memories / Confessions of a photographer / Eulogy / Holiday Workbook / Before the possible onset of Alzheimer / My uncensored Facebook / The most versatile photographer on the planet / Christian Fournier's fabulous and failed destiny / A hard day's night / My Encyclopedia Galactica / The Long and Winding Road / 21 900 days in the life of Christian Fournier / Nothing to hide, nothing to loose / The 60 years of Christian Fournier Magical Mystery Tour / Publish or Perish / Bloodrush / The Hitchhikers Guide to photography / Many lives in one / An all-around exceptional photographer / Thought provoking bio / Eulogy / A retrospective compilation of Christian Fournier's work / The humour of a failure / Bazinga ! / What the fuck? ......
More ....

Thank you dear clients

This biography is a literary and journalistic work: Photography, the Universe and Everything!


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