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As a sociologist and photojournalist, capturing the true moments in life is what my photography is all about....

Having completed my degree at Manchester Polytechnic in Social Studies, I was curious to see if the text book theories applied to the real world. So I took to the road, travelling to far flung shores, until a boating accident left me with a spinal injury and doctors feared I may never walk again. It was during my rehabilitation, that I picked up a camera for the first time and enrolled in a photography course. Troubled by chronic pain, I escaped the cold, damp English winters and headed to the African sun, armed with a Canon Eos 5 and a huge bag of film...

The images I captured during a stay on a tobacco farm in Zimbabwe during the land invasions of 2000, formed my first exhibition at the Zimbabwe High Commission in London. Tipped as a ‘Shooting Star’ by the British Journal of Photography, I received my first assignment in Lesotho for CARE International. I have since helped focus attention on major social issues for international humanitarian organisations such as Sightsavers, WaterAid and Médecins sans Frontières as well as gracing the covers of international newspapers, guide-books and travel magazines. Six years documenting the nomadic Tuareg  led to ‘Secrets of the Sahara’ at the prestigious British Museum. Having bought a crumbling riad in the ancient Marrakech medina, I split my time between travel commissions and running socially conscious photography tours, taking people off the beaten path to discover a Morocco only a local knows... Bouncing between fine art and editorial, my Moroccan portraits gathered after five years of living in Marrakech, were selected by the French interior designer Jacques Garcia, to line the walls of La Mamounia following the iconic hotel’s renovation.

 

In 2011, I relocated to France and became a mother. It was a chance to refocus my career and I now split my time between photographic commissions, managing my PhotoArt business and running photoTours.  

 

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