My first “real” photography: Mekong Delta, Vietnam, October 1991. I was 23 and realized my first big trip to Asia in the footsteps of my naval officer father. In Vietnam, I chose as the theme with the Mekong Delta for a viatical old Olympus and the novels of Marguerite Duras. Looking elsewhere and absolute, my mind was full of large photos of Bischof, Cartier-Bresson and Riboud. On my return to Paris, discovering this, I was certain that photography would accompany me everywhere and would be the key witness in my life.
François Fontaine, atypical case of the French art scene began, academically through studies in Art History at the Sorbonne University, realizing there his doctoral thesis. This multidisciplinary artistic theory fascinates very quickly to the medium of photography and travel.
This is a long-term traveler, the image of the poet. François Fontaine‘s speech appears simple and tender at once, especially when it covers the journeys of his life and his chance encounters.
François Fontaine, born in Paris in 1968, has long worked between France and Spain. student Art History at the Sorbonne, he developed a passion for travel and photography.
Since 1991, he leads a work in Southeast Asia, India, China and Japan. His work takes us into chromatic and timeless journeys inspired by Eastern cultures. His favorite themes are poetry, melancholy and dream. It is a finalist in the Kodak Critics Prize of Photography in 1997, the price CCF in 2005 and the Leica Oskar Barnack award in 2006 with his “Lost in China” series. François Fontaine is represented in Paris by the agency VU ‘and the A. gallery.
Sara Daniel is a French journalist, war reporter, specializing in the Middle East. She began her career in the United States after an internship at the Washington Post. After September 11, 2001, she became a war correspondent, covering Afghanistan, then Iraq where it is the corresponding Nouvel Observateur in Baghdad. In Iraq, she asks Omar Hadid, one of the authors of the first hostage beheadings and brother in arms of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Pakistan in late 2008, she met one of the Taliban responsible for the ambush against French soldiers in Afghanistan, Uzbin.
In 2008 she participated in the creation of a publishing house geopolitical books, the Delavilla editions.
In 2013, she obtained an exclusive interview with King Abdullah II of Jordan.