YEAR OF BIRTH
PLACE OF BIRTH
Political science and international politics & graduated from the International Center of Photography in New York
The African continent
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.