Interview With Antoine Jonquière – The Portrait Category Winner of B&W Child 2019 Photo Competition, First Half

Interview with Antoine Jonquière, The Winner of Portrait Category at B&W Child 2019 Photo Competition,1st Half

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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!

“Joseph, 11, Ghana 2019” by Antoine Jonquire – 3rd Place in the Documentary&Street Category at B&W CHILD 2019 Photo Competition, First Half

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.

 © Antoine Jonquière

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.

“The Boy & The Earth, Ghana 2019” by Antoine Jonquière, France – The Winner of the Portrait Category at B&W CHILD 2019 Photo Competition, First Half

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.

 © Antoine Jonquière

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.

 “Boy with Fish” by Antoine Jonquiere – Honorable Mention in the Documentary & Street Category at B&W CHILD 2019 photo Competition, First half

Q: How would you describe your style?

A: Intuitive.

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.

 © Antoine Jonquière

Q: Who are your favorite photographers? Someone you admire and look up to?

A: I am as moved by the work of Cartier Bresson, Viviane Sassen, and Ernst Haas as I am by the photography of André Kertész, Francesca Woodman, Herbert List, and Bruno Barbey – To name but a few.

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.

 © Antoine Jonquière

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Read The Interviews with Helen Whittle (The Grand Winner of The 1st Half of B&W Child 2019 Photo Competition) and Ya Kuang (The Winner of The Documentary Category).

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