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Page 22: I travel a lot, with my camera, of course.
Vanuatu, in South-West Pacific, and Nias (I will not tell you where it is, you have to find out by yourself).

As French humorist Coluche said : "The hand of the white man has not yet set foot on it."

My camera is very good, I taught it everything it knows.

I took this picture as part of a reportage on Tanna Island in Vanuatu in 1992-93. This family, the TRIBE YAKEL, very friendly, lives in the forest, deprived of all material possessions. I photographed their dances, their way of life, their love of nature.

Bow and arrows to take down birds.

I saw him make fire with just a few twigs and wood.

A savage is not a person who lives in the woods, but one who destroys them.


Text and Photos : Christian Fournier.

The island of Nias, in Indonesia, has been isolated from the rest of the world until the end of the 19th century. European missionaries "discovered" there primitive people, living almost in the stone age. Today, Nias is interesting for its unique traditions.
Located off the west coast of North Sumatra, the island can be reached by air from Medan to Gunung Sitoli in the north of the island, or by sea from Sibolga to Teluk Dalam in the south. We arrive at Teluk Dalam, the main port of the island. After debating with the locals, we get a truck for a drive to the village of Bawamataluo, located nine miles from Teluk Dalam. The roads are terrible but the trip through the jungle and the rice fields is fascinating. Kids run along with the truck. We see women working in little garden patches, near by their wooden houses. Every one smiles and waves at us.
After an hour of very bumpy drive, we arrive at the foot of an impressive stone stairway. Many villagers are already there waiting for the tourists. After climbing 480 steps, we are greeted by several warriors posted along one of the three main paved streets of the village. The architecture of the village is remarkable. All houses have a high roof with an opening from which kids look out. The three main streets form a T and join into a large square ; the palace of the tribal chief is located at the junction, in front of the square. Higher than the other houses, the palace is also the center of the community. In front of the palace, are several stone tables. The dead used to be left there to decay. Today, the tables are used as benches !
There is a lot of life in the streets : vendors, kids, weird looking brown pigs, displays of local craft and fruit for sale. The males of the village have put on their war costumes. Wood, coconut fibers, feathers, metal, anything goes to make the costume and mask frightening. All men assemble in the square and take their position for the war dances.
One man leads the group of warriors. The dance is a mix of steps and jumps punctuated by loud shouts. The idea of the dance is to prepare the warriors for an attack and also to intimidate the enemy. The dances are followed by the stone jumping. The wall of stones is located in the middle of one street, about 8 feet tall, in front of the palace. Stone jumping used to be performed by the young, single males of the village. In order to get married, and also as a form of war training, the jumpers had to leap feet first over the wall surmounted by sharp pointing sticks. Today, the sticks are not used and stone jumping is mainly performed to attract the tourists.
As soon as the show is over, we are surrounded by the warriors and vendors trying to sell their wood sculptures. The tourists are now leaving, so this is the last chance to make money.
We stay in the village, wandering around. As soon as the last tourist has disappeared, it is funny to see the men take off their costumes and put on a T-shirt. The suits are left to dry in front of the houses. The streets become deserted, except for the pigs and the kids playing outside. We take a walk around the village, escorted by one of the stone jumpers. He speaks a little English and offers to guide us. The cemetery is located on the outskirts of the village : all villagers are Christians which is quite uncommon in this Muslim nation. These are remnants of the Dutch colonial days. On the trail around the village, we see women carrying bananas and mangoes on their shoulders. They are coming from the garden. Our guide does not allow us to go there : it seems that tourists in the past have damaged some trees or crops. We head back to the quiet village. It is hot. Naked kids enjoy a shower in what seems to be the communal bath and the village's only water supply. We sit under the shade of a roof. Two kids seem intrigued by Christian's naked legs. One reaches and pulls on his hair : Indonesians are not hairy and this must be the first time that these kids have the chance to see body hair closely. We all laugh.
The village is still very quiet : quite a contrast with the frenzy that took place two hours ago ! More tourists are scheduled for the afternoon : there will be a second performance of war dances and stone jumping. The village of Bawamataluo gets money for these performances and has become a tourist place : cruiseships, travel agencies organize tours of the village. The people of Nias have adapted themselves to the "modern civilization".

Here are about 620 examples of my photographic event coverage since 1984, that is to say, 30 years. This is without counting those which my clients have requested that I do not show and photos that have been lost.

I know it's enormous.
No, I am not a photographic robot: my mother had me tested

This list begins with the compilations: Fashion & Models, Lingerie, Beauty, Makeup & Hair, Portraits, Events, Objects, Archi & Deco, Industry, Press, Celebrities, etc.

The sensors and web capabilities from 1995 to 2005 were horrible compared to now (2021). 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!

Conclusion 3: Photography is my language

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

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



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.

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