Portraits of Didier Migaud, president of High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life

On September 30th, I had to realize the photo portraits of Didier Migaud, current president of Haute Autorité pour la transparence de la vie publique  (HATVP) (lit. High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life). The HATVP  is an independent French administrative authority which is responsible for ascertaining and preventing potential conflicts of interest among French public servants. Feedback about this shooting… 

Photographing with a mask, because of the health crisis, is not very convenient. My viewfinder was fogged, what I saw was a dark shape, that of President Didier Migaud. With my hand, I was fanning out. Fortunately, I had taken care to do some distance tests before his arrival. He had an important audit at the national assembly, so I gained 30 minutes of preparation. 

To break the ice, I ventured into jokes. Didier Migaud’s library was very serious. Political or economic books were enthroned on his shelves, as well as a portrait of Mandela. I told him of my disappointment not to find books from San Antonio (a French pulp fiction novels) by Frédéric Dard . Smiles. 

We discuss our respective adventures. We had already met ten years ago thanks to Olivier Ferrand (President of Terra Nova) and Denis Gettliffe who was his chief of staff. In 2010, President Nicolas Sarkozy appointed Didier Migaud as First President of the French Court of Audit. I had to realize the official portrait that was to be presented at the Palais Cambon. It was my first professional order. In 2010, therefore, the course of accounts was my first customer. 


Paris Police 1900

Today, I attended the last shooting scene of the series Paris Police 1900. The next police series on Canal + is set in the capital at the beginning of the last century. A small step back in time, until the XIXth century, during the Third Republic. I captured the images of the last day of shooting.  At the bend in the rue de Chabrol, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, time seems to have stopped at the dawn of the last century. Wrapped in a morning mist, a dozen men and women move in front of anti-Semitic posters. 

The plot begins after the discovery of the corpse of a woman fished out of the Seine. The police investigation imagined by Fabien Nury and directed by Julien Despaux for Tetra Media Fiction and A.F.P.I. for Canal + will be based on a criminal case that has not been solved in the past. It is therefore a uchrony, a historical fiction about a strange crime against a particularly chaotic political context, conducive to anti-Semitism, where dreyfusards and antidreyfusards are illustrated. 

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