Q: Dear Antoine, first of all, we would like to congratulate you on winning the Portrait Category at B&W Child 2019 Photo Competition, 1st Half! How does it feel to be a category winner on our contest?
A: It’s wonderful, I’m delighted to see my work selected by the jury!
Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How old are you? What’s your background? Is photography your full-time job?
A: I’m 33 old. I’ve been passionate about photography for as far as I can’t remember. My father had a dark room and taught me to develop film early on. Passion just kept getting stronger.
Q: Your winning photo is stunning! What is the story behind the photograph? Is it a part of a larger project?
A: Thank you, the image was shot in Jamestown, Accra, Ghana and is part of a series called ‘Sankofa’. The project is an ongoing series of portraits of the young generations of Ghanaian.
Q: The photos that you submitted to B&W CHILD 2019 were taken in Ghana, we assume you’re traveling a lot? What are the places you visited during your photo career? What country left the biggest impression on you?
A: I’ve always been fascinated and very curious about places, cultures, and traditions distant from mine. The infinite diversity existing on our planet is magnificent and there is nothing that I enjoy more than discovering news territories and people. Ghana, Togo, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia probably left the biggest impressions on me.
Q: What can be found in your camera bag? What camera body and lenses do you use?
A: A Leica MP with 35 mm & a medium format Mamiya with 80mm lens. A notebook and a lens pen.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What do you think is the most important thing to consider when shooting documentary photography? What are the major difficulties documentary photographers face?
A: To remember that each photograph is part of a bigger narrative and that it is about the story, not the individual picture.
Q: Who are your favorite photographers? Someone you admire and look up to?
Q: What is your proudest moment as a photographer/artist?
A: Having my work published in the pages of GEO Magazine and the vernissage of ‘Pride of Ussher’ (my project documenting young Ghanaian boxers exhibited in Accra). All the young boxers I followed and photographed over a two months period attended the event. Looking in their eyes as they were looking at their own portraits up on the walls was priceless.
Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to photographers who are just starting out, what would you say?
A: A: I’d say listen carefully to the great Alex Webb’s advice: “Photograph because you love doing it because you absolutely have to do it because the chief reward is going to be the process of doing it”
Q: What do you think of “opponents” in The First Half of B&W Child 2019 Photo Competition? Can you share some of your favorite photographs from the contest?
A: I was amazed by the variety and quality level of the submitted work. I particularly liked the images of Nicole Quinn, Evgeny Matveev, and Yung Lin.
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