Interview with National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder, whose work focuses on geopolitical conflict, conservation and culture. Guttenfelder spent twenty years as a photojournalist for the Associated Press based in Nairobi, Abidjan, New Delhi, and Tokyo covering news in nearly 100 countries around the world. With more than one million followers on Instagram, he is considered one of the most influent photojournalists world wide. We talked about “Coming Home” his last work exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image-Perpignan, how mobile photography changed the profession and his relation with 1 million followers.
Visa pour l’Image, in Perpignan (France) is the most important international event dedicated to photojournalism. Here, every year leading photographers of the world scene, agencies and photo collective, photo editors, journalists and publishers meet.
We met Jean-François Leroy, artistic director and founder of the festival who told us about the exhibitions and projects on display. “Visa tells the world asit is” said Leroy. “Many are the themes of the submitted work, and ample space was dedicated to migration crisis with Yannis Behrakis, Aris Messinis and Marie Dorigny exhibitions.
We interviewed Niels Ackermann – Rémi Ochlik prize winner- documenting the youth in Ukraine, and Anastasia Rudenko who worked on the conditions of the mentally ill in Russia in the project “Internat”. Finally, National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder explained how, through mobile photography, he brings with him more than a million of its Instagram followers on the field.
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