I was born in Chalon sur Saone where Nicephore Niepce took his first picture and was raised in Arles, South of France so I guess I was meant to be a photographer! My dad would always sit down with me and my sister to look at the 1935's priceless photo album of the travels that my grand father did while working in the submarines in Asia.
I have lived and worked as a photographer, community worker and photography facilitator in London since 2001 and developed interest in photography while traveling and living in the small village of Uvero Alto, Dominican Republic in 2002-2003. I have never stopped taking pictures since then and graduated at the London College of Communication and Social Anthropology in 2006. I have started producing short documentary films in 2015.
Trained by Photovoice, Insighshare, Centre for Documentary Studies, New Generation and RefugeeYouth in participatory methods, I have delivered more than 30 participatory photography and video projects with diverse groups in Europe, Africa and Latin America showcasing the resulting work in venues such as the BFI, London City Hall, Menier Gallery, Rich Mix and Irvington Place, Museum of Modern Art Santo Domingo.
In London, I found a home within New Generation, a collective of Latin American artists from refugee background who gave me the trust, space and inspiration that makes me who I am now. I also worked as an immigration adviser and inclusion worker for the Latin American community in the Indoamerican Refugee & Migrant Organisation for 5 years and have been photographing the Latin American communities in London since then.I am currently working with Latin Elephant researching and visually documenting the regeneration of Elephant and Castle area and its Latin American community and with the Truth, Memory and Reconciliation Commission of Colombian women in London and Barcelona.
In 2009, I established Fotosynthesis with the aim to encourage social inclusion, self-development and participation through photography and to keep traditional and experimental photography processes alive. I am now a director of Fotosynthesis and continue to undertake photographic assignments around the world and am an associate of Insightshare developing and delivering participatory video project for Communication 4 Development internationally.
I am particularly interested in Portraiture, Peacebuilding, Constructive Journalism, Traditions and Culture, Migrations, Memories, Urban landscape, Human Rights, Latin America especially Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Recycling and experimenting new techniques are key to my work pushing the limit of photography using alternative-printing processes.
United States Institute of Peace, Conciliation Resources, Institute of Peace of Catalunya, Unicef, Latin American Women's Rights Services, Southbank Centre, The Children's Society, Southbank University, London Borough Councils of Camden, Islington and Lambeth, Refugee Youth, Jesuit Refugee Services, Latin Elephant.
- Shortlisted for Marylin Strafford Photoreportage Award 2017
- Human Right Watch Photography 2014