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Guillaume Bonn

Guillaume Bonn

INSTAGRAM

@guillaumebonn

YEAR OF BIRTH

20th century

PLACE OF BIRTH

Tananarive, Madagascar

EDUCATION

Political science and international politics & graduated from the International Center of Photography in New York

PROFESSION

Visual storyteller

FAVORITE MEDIUM

Writing

PASSION

The African continent

ROLE MODEL

My father

FAVORITE ARTIST

Dan Eldon

Like a message in a bottle thrown out to sea, Guillaume Bonn sent us a few of the photos he had taken on a trip to Mozambique, between Maputo and Beira. There was no particular connection between us, but Guillaume dreamed of doing a Portraits de Villes on one or both of these towns and we literally fell in love with his pictures. After a first meeting, he told us of his strong link with Africa, his family, a childhood spent in Madagascar and student days in Addis Ababa.

 

We did not have enough pictures to publish a book on Maputo or Beria and it was difficult to get back to Mozambique but we saw each other often after that, with a common and ongoing desire to publish a book about a city in Africa. The destination had to make sense for him.

 

At the time, Addis Ababa was in full metamorphosis and the throes of modernization and he knew that in a few years’ time, it would not be the same city he had known when he lived there. He went back to the Ethiopian capital several times to capture a city that was booming and sent us balanced and sensitive pictures from the heart of the Addis.

 

 Clémentine Larroumet