"France is incredible when it comes to the quality of life, its history, the variety of its landscapes, architecture. These all impacted me and my appreciation for beauty.
But I think of myself more as a world citizen than a French citizen."
"Some spots, such as Turkey and Hong Kong, have pulled me back multiple times, and the Balkan (former Yugoslavia) states, as a region, really shook me up. I never studied the Balkan wars at university, but I was recommended a few good books about the breakdown of Yugoslavia and the 1990's war. So it was unbelievable to read about such horrors and then travel to these countries on the edge of Europe - which only 20 years prior were in the midst of violent conflict, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. This makes me consider my direction as a photographer and reflect on how important well-directed documentary photography can make an impact. Particularly in this digital, fast news age."
These interviews are from the first year. They live in a different format than the other ones above, due to how we made the issues the first year. Selects can be found here.