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A recent and fun assignment: a day in the life of Chef Peter J Hemsley. I followed him during the entire day in San Francisco to document how he started his day with a coffee, shopped for art supplies, purchased food and wine, prepared, cooked and presented the food. I was lucky to taste it all at the end and it was fantastic! See the entire shoot here

 


A recent photo shoot with three well-known French entrepreneurs and co-founders of The Refiners, Carlos Diaz, Geraldine Le Meur and Pierre Gaubil. The shoot was done inside the Parisoma building in San Francisco. The Refiners is the new startup accelerator that was launched a few months ago and already created a lot of buzz.

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Just published, a photo shoot with Alex Cammarano and Elisabeth Mouchy, co-founders of Daylighted, a very smart startup that transforms places such as hotels and restaurants into digital art galleries and offer them an opportunity to easily display and sell an exclusive collection of art from worldwide and local artists. Learn more about Daylighted


 A recent photo shoot with Sebastien Tron, co-founder & CEO of Hopsy, a startup company based in Albany, CA, that provides a platform for customers to order draft beer from local breweries directly to their homes. Learn more about Hopsy . This picture was taken inside the cold chamber and it was freezing cold!


I photographed American author and inventor Ray Kurzweil in his appartment in San Francisco for the London Times. Kurzweil is an  author, futurist,  inventor and a director of engineering at Google. He was the principal inventor of the first CCD flatbed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first commercial text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer (Kurzweil K250) capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and is the author of seven books, five of which have been national bestsellers.

Ray Kurzweil


A recent one-week assignment for l'Express magazine about the Zero Waste movement. A fascinating subject and very well reported and written by Philippe Coste.

 Zero Waste Movement


A great assignment for Sunpower for their new website and online promotion. I used my 50ft telescopic mast and remote controlled cameras to ge these shots. 

SunPower


 A recent assignment for the French news magazine, L'Express, to make the cover with Anais Dilberger,  Product Marketing Manager at Google. The feature story was about French nationals who left France to succeed abroad. 

Anais Dilberger


 A recent cover for the French magazine, Management, with the Eric and Aurelia Setton. Eric is the Founder and CTO of Tango, and Aurelia is Global Sales Manager, Talent Solutions at Linkedin.

Eric and Aurelia Setton 


 

Comedian and actor Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014. He lived not far from my studio so I drove there to photograph people coming to lay flowers in front of his house. The pictures can be seen here and licensed through Polaris in the US and Laif for the rest of the world.

Mourning Comedian and Actor Robin Williams at His Home In Tiburon, CA


Honoring Nelson Mandela- A sad day for the world as a great man passed away. 
I had the honor to photograph Nelson Mandela twice in my career: the first time in Algeria. the first country he visited after his release from prison, and the second time in Cairo, a few years later.  

 Frederic Neema with Nelson Mandela
With Nelson Mandela in Cairo in 1990


A very challenging assignment for the French magazine, Management.  I had to find the perfect spots and organize in a very short time a photo session with 6 French entrepreneurs who came the Silicon Valley to achieve their dream. The concept was to dress them up as gold prospectors from the Far West. I was lucky to be able to find six outfits at a local costume rental store, The Belrose,  and have a professional "Silicon Valley" sign quickly made by Apache Signs, both near my studio in San Rafael. The article and pictures were published on 4 spreads in the magazine.

Management Magazine


Another assignment for 01 Business which introduced me to four inspiring French entrepreneurs installed in the Bay Area: Jeff Clavier of SoftTech, Thomas Cottereau of Weemo, Carlos Diax of Kwarter and Freddy Mini of NetVibes.

01 Business
01 Business


A fun photo shoot at the studio for the French magazine 01 Net with Patrick Renvoise and Christophe Morin,  the two founders of SalesBrain.com.

01NET SalesBrain


I just finished several days of shooting for the HR department of Walmart that launched a large ad campaign to attract talents for their ecommerce department. I photographed real staffers in their working environment using two assistants, a make-up artist and a lot of gear.

Walmart


My picture of David Fattal for 01 Net magazine. David is a brilliant young man who is developing breakthrough 3D technology for mobile devices.

David Fattal


A new French Magazine for iPad uniquely just came out. They published an article of several pages about my work.

451MagPad


A recent photo shoot with well-known bloggers Mark Glaser and Judith Torres for a brochure produced by theblobs.com. They wanted a scruffy background which I found in East Palo Alto. They added the graffiti part in post-production.

Blogger Mark Glaser

Blogger Judith Torres


I was in Las Vegas for an assignment about the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). I watched the Silva vs Sonnen II fight during the UFC148.

Silva beats Sonnen at UFC 148


A fun assignment for the German magazine Bild. The subject was Tina Folsom, a best-selling author that specializes in paranormal romance. She was great to work with. I spent most of the day with her, starting in her home and finishing at the foot of the Golden gate Bridge. Check out her work at http://www.tinawritesromance.com

Tina Folsom


A recent assignment for the Swedish magazine Veckans Affarer: John Lagerling/ Director, Android Global Partnerships at Google. The shoot was challenging because the client wanted a choice of outdoor and indoors situations while Lagerling could give me 60 minutes only. Did I mention that Google allowed the shoot inside the lobby and in front of the building only? :) Nevertheless, the subject was very cooperative and everything went well.

John Lagerling


A new cover of Photon magazine. The photograph was taken in San Diego. I flew there for the day and had the opportunity to use my new 24ft telescopic mast.


A recent shoot for the remote video start-up company, Sensr.net. I photographed real customers for their new website.

Sensr.net


One of my pictures of Steve Jobs, late CEO of Aple Inc., was used for the cover of the German news magazine, Der Spiegel. Der Spiegel is one of Europe's largest publications of its kind.

Steve Jobs Der Spiegel Cover


A recent double spread in the Canadian magazine, La Semaine, featuring my feature story about Google.


A new cover for Photon Magazine, the world's leading solar magazine. This beautiful house with an impressive solar system (15kw) was taken in Palo Alto, CA.


Just back from Dallas, TX, where I photographed this incredible fast food place, the Heart Attack Grill, which offers huge hamburgers estimated to be as much as 8,000 calories! The owner, "Dr" Jon Bass says:" "Don't come here every day. If you do, you will die." The story can be seen here.

Heart Attack Grill


Just finished a photo shoot of the Google Street View Trike with its inventor, Daniel Ratner. The Street View trike is a three-wheeled pedicab mounted with a 360 degree multiple camera system mounted on a 7-foot pole that records photographic images automatically. The trike can go where the regular Google Street View Car cannot, like park trails, walkways and some of very narrow streets in Europe. The pictures can be seen here.


Google Street View Trike


A picture of (former) Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with Muammar Gaddafi of Libya I took at the Egyptian border city of Mersa Matrouh on Oct. 16, 1989 has been widely published worldwide since the fall of Egyptian leader. Reuters asked me to comment on their blog how I took this picture http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/2011/02/24/waiting-for-gaddafi/

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with Muammar GHaddafi of Libya in 1989

Below is the picture of me that day near one of Gaddafi's female bodyguards who was pregnant.


A recent assignment for The Times of London. I photographed American author and New York Times columnist, Harold McGee, who writes about the chemistry, technique and history of food and cooking.

 American author and New York Times columnist, Harold McGee, who writes about the chemistry, technique and history of food and cooking.


A recent publication in Stern, one of Germany's main news magazines, of a picture of the world's oldest Koran in Cairo, Egypt. The picture was part of a complete photo essay that is syndicated worldwide by Corbis.

Mohamed Seif el-Shazli standing by what is considered as the oldest Koran that he finished restoring.


A recent assignment for the corporate magazine of the laser division of Trumpf, the German high-tech company. The subject was Charles Townes, the American physicist. Townes won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964 for his role in the invention of the maser and the laser. The picture was taken at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA.

Charles Townes at the Chabot Center


Another cover for Photon from an assignment in Los Altos, CA


One of my pictures taken during a 5-day assignment in Nebraska for the world's leading solar magazine, Photon, was used on one of the latest covers. The picture was a real challenge because I was shooting in the middle of very friendly cows who kept bumping into me.


Just released the ad for vAuto I photographed for an advertising agency based in Ilinois. The gentleman in the picture is Justin Hansel of Hansel Auto Group, who was great to work with.


One of my pictures taken during a 5-day assignment in Arizona for the world's leading solar magazine, Photon, was used on the cover


Just published in the Scottish Daily Record in the UK my story about the Fertility Institutes, the clinic in Los Angeles that helps couples to choose the sex of their babies.


We just finished editing a short video clip about James Pridham and his miniature village. Now that the quality of HD video has reached a level that can match our expectations, we started offering video production on specific projects via Octamedia, our multimedia communication company.

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An assignment I just did for Envy Magazine about Stressed Teens has just been published, 2 pages. The text is by Isabelle Boucq.

envy_teens.jpg


A recent assignment for Photon Magazine about the big solar company, Sunpower Corp, was published as a double spread in Photon Italy.

That was a great assignment where I had the opportunity to visit Sunpower's gorgeous headquarters located in a previous Ford factory in Point - Richmond , CA. It is a huge place with a fantastic layout and plenty of large windows and indoor plants.

photonspread-sunpower.jpg


An assignment for the French Canadian magazine, l' Actualité, about Google's CFO, Patrick Pichette, introduced me to a very cool and down to earth person. He commutes to work everyday on his bicycle.

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