Mon 2009 en images

C’est dans tous les journaux: nous venons de passer en 2010. L’occasion pour tous de jeter un coup d’oeil dans le rétro, de faire le bilan de l’année écoulée, de se souvenir des meilleurs moments comme des pires… vous connaissez l’usage. Je vous propose donc ici ma rétro en marronnier massif.

J’en profite pour remercier celles et ceux qui me font confiance: Nathalie Luyer, de Vis à Vis, Nathalie Claveau, Brigitte Collet et Luc Reyrolle, du Pèlerin, Sylvie Dannay, de La Croix,  Gaëlle Gauducheau, mon amie Ingrid Wimart, The Brand Union, mon ami Jean-Philippe Baltel, Geneviève Duigou d’Arte France, et enfin les super forçats des agences Sipa et CIRIC.

En 2010 rejoignez ces gens formidables en me permettant de continuer d’aller voir de ci de là comment se passent les choses autour de nous. Passez le mot, devenez fan et offrez vous un tirage!

Une belle année à toutes et tous!

Visionnez le diaporama en plein écran pour un meilleur rendu (icône en bas à droite de la fenêtre).

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It’s in the news everywhere: we’ve made it to 2010. An occasion to take a look in the rear-view mirror, assess the past year, remember the best moments and the worse… you know the drill. So here is my 2009 retrospective in pictures.

I take this opportunity to thank all those who trust me: Nathalie Luyer, of Vis à Vis, Nathalie Claveau, Brigitte Collet and Luc Reyrolle, from Le Pèlerin, Sylvie Dannay, from La Croix,  Gaëlle Gauducheau, my friend Ingrid Wimart, from The Brand Union, my friend Jean-Philippe Baltel, Geneviève Duigou of Arte France, and finally the hard-working people at Sipa and CIRIC.

In 2010 join these great people in allowing me to document what goes on around us. Spread the word, become a fan and treat yourself to a print!

A great year to all!

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On s’en foot…

Oui c’est facile, mais vu l’importance du sujet dans l’Absolu… En 2006 l’équipe de France accède en finale de la coupe du monde. La joie des supporters sur les Champs Elysées dégénère normalement en fin de Soirée.

Puis vient le jour de la finale. Des supporters vont regarder le match sur écran géant au Parc des Princes, autre grand moment offert par notre sélection nationale:

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Que mes amis footeux ne prennent pas ombrage, j’aime bien un bon match de foot de temps en temps. Reste que cela fait longtemps que Notre Equipe de France ne nous a pas fait la démonstration de son talent.

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Lourdes National Piglrimage

Mid-August I covered the six-day 2009 Lourdes national pilgrimage for CIRIC, the Bayard Presse photo agency. I travelled from Paris on the “White Train” chartered to transport 439 Assumptionist pilgrims -178 of which sick or disabled. It took three hours to board everyone, set-up the disabled on stretchers, stack all the wheelchairs in the restaurant wagon…

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The six-hour trip was rythmed over the train’s PA system by Father Marie-Bernard Kientz, preparing passengers for their pilgrimage with prayers and stories on Bernadette Soubirou.

In the White Train.

Lourdes is fellinian. It’s a well organized and very lucrative business. Amidst scores of cheap plastic religious memorabilia boutiques moves a crowd of tourists and pilgrims of all ages and origins. Daily processions, mass services, prayers at the Grotto, filling-up on water from the miraculous spring, stocking-up on souvenirs, the pilgrim’s day is packed with rituals. It can feel like Disneyland, trying all the rides.

But there’s obviousely more to Lourdes. During the time spent covering the pilgrimage I saw people genuinely care for each-other. A great human experience, even for a non-believer.

 

 

 

 

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Iranians Demonstrate Daily in Paris

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Iranian nationals living in Paris and French supporters demonstrate almost daily against the fraud in Iran’s presidential election that saw President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reelected in a landslide. The disputed presidential poll has prompted the biggest street protests in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Many of the protestors hold pictures by AFP photographer Olivier Laban-Mattei, who made the cover of the press around the world with his great work. Olivier was with AP’s Ben Curtis the last foreign photographer working on the streets of Tehran until he was caught and assigned to his hotel by authorities, condemned to watch the news on TV

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