What attributes do you think are most important for becoming a successful photographer?
"Today most of us must do everything alone: research, finding contacts, shooting, editing, selling, publishing... so you have to be organised. A sense of marketing, knowing how to write a proper presentation, and being able to work from a budget are also important, if not paramount."
Do you have certain 'rules' that you stick to when you photograph strangers?
"Documentary photography is about being in close and intimate contact with other people's reality. So you must always respect the story, be polite, introduce yourself, observe more, talk less and not occupy too much space… you are talking about other people's lives and that is a responsibility."
What was the hardest thing for you to master in regards to photography and how did you overcome it?
"Editing my own images. Although I have improved a lot, I try to be more objective, more rational. I will often clear my mind and come back to an image, which unfortunately sometimes means giving up on some pictures."
What do you do in post-production?
"I actually do very little. I like the challenge of doing only the necessary and respect the limits I have on documentary pictures. The great thing about working only with professional, high-level equipment is that it allows you the freedom to improve your image without losing quality."
What type of lighting do you prefer to work with?
"I normally shoot using natural or available light, so when I know what I want to shoot, the first setting I program on my camera is the ISO."