Photojournalism is my first practice of photography. After university studies, I went to a school of journalism. I realized my first pictures during the Romanian revolution in 1989, then I was interested in the life of homeless people in France. Little by little the publications multiplied until well known french and foreign picture magazines (Geo, Figaro magazine, The Guardian, D La Repubblica, Paris Match, El Mundo magazine..). The images presented here are a tight selection of this work from 1992 till 2014.
Tokyo, Japan. Masatoshi Kumagai is the Kumagai gumi godfather, a yakuza gang affiliated to Inagawa kai, the second biggest crime syndicate in Japan. Here in his office with his men.
Tokyo, Japan. Masatoshi Kumagai is the Kumagai gumi godfather ( on the right in the center), a yakuza gang affiliated to Inagawa kai, the second biggest crime syndicate in Japan.
Tokyo, Japan. Masatoshi Kumagai is the Kumagai gumi godfather, a yakuza gang affiliated to Inagawa kai, the second biggest crime syndicate in Japan.
Tokyo, Japan. This penitent yakuza had to make made false silicon phalanxes to hide those cut according to the yakuza Japaneese rite, the yubitsume (the auto-ablation of phalanxes). It is done to be forgiven a fault, or those of one's men.
Tokyo, Japan. Masatoshi Kumagai is the Kumagai gumi godfather ( on the right in the center), a yakuza gang affiliated to Inagawa kai, the second biggest crime syndicate in Japan. Here is men are patrolling in the neighborhood.
Tokyo, Japan. During the traditional event named Sandja Matsuri, yakuza and policemen mix. This young apprentice yakuza wears Inagawa kai signs, the second biggest crime syndicate of the country.
Tokyo, Japan. During the traditional event of Sandja Matsuri, a huge altar cross districts. Here to show their influence on the place, the yakuza of the neighborhood rose on the altar, the time it crosses their district.
Tokyo, Japan. This young boxer is a penitent yakuza who had to make transplant the skin of the buttocks on his pectoral muscles to hide his tattoos, which show his past as a yakuza. But rest arms...
Tokyo, Japan. In the foreground to the right M. Hasegawa, godfather of the Hasegawa gumi. Here in his office with his men.
Monterrey, Mexico. Miguel Luna is one of older singers of narco corridos, folk songs which tell the drug trafficking in Mexico.
Culiacan, Mexico. The artist Maria Romero realizes a performance in front of the bust of Jesus Malverde, saint of the Mexican narcos, here in the church which is dedicated to him.
Beirut, Lebanon. The hezbollah prosthesis workshop for martyrs hurt in the fights. This image won a prize in category report during " Guardian Week end photography prize " on 2006. In the jury, there was Philip Jones Griffiths. One of the big signatures of the agency Magnum.
South Lebanon, former occupied zone just after the isrealian withdrawal in 2000, shiah village of Hanin, people get back home. They have to rebuilt everything.
South Lebanon. This Shiite sheik is a mullah fighter of the Hezbollah, here praying. When one needs, he fights in the front line with the soldiers of the party.
South Lebanon, One of the thirty painting workshops of the Hezbollah where are realized the portraits of the martyrs, essential for the propaganda of the party.
South Lebanon. Huge portrait of Ayatollah Khomeyni. Iran is the country which controls, arms and finances the Hezbollah, the author of this "advertising" panel.
Gaza Strip, Rafah. These children play at war in a real war. The weapon is in plastic.
Holton, Kansas, USA. These pupils from the Jackson Height School are members of the only school in the world built on the basis of a former launching site of nuclear missiles. The tunnel was repainted in the colors of the uncle Sam for the first Gulf War.
Neighborhood of Tirana, Albania. After the fall of the dictator Enver Hodja, the Albanian Catholics, as the other confessions, may practise freely their religion. In the time of the reign of the Albanian communist party, it was a crime liable to 20 years of prison at least.
Trinidad and Tobago. These poachers come back from an illegal fishing in a protected mangrove swamp.