“I first discovered Ghana when I came across this beautiful book that Paul Strand dedicated to this country. It left an incredible impression upon me, and I promised myself that I would one day go and photograph this land.
After my book Fils de roi, a work entirely dedicated to Egypt, was published by Gallimard Editions, I felt that it was time for me to renew my source of inspiration. Starting with fresh landscapes and new ways of being, I decided to explore Sub-Saharan Africa, the previously called Black Africa.
I encountered my first shock in Ghana with the fishermen of Jamestown. I was caught up by these powerful scenes, that evoked old paintings. The dazzling light over the ocean transformed these men into silhouettes. After experiencing the modesty of Egyptians, I loved the beauty and the freedom of Ghanan bodies. For a photographer, these bodies are a gift. After meeting my friend Joseph, he allowed me to explore his village in the Ashanti region. However, Ghana is not a country so easily tamed, and I had to go and return there many times. During my last trip, I found that my stubbornness paid off. It was then that I discovered a village at the foot of Lake Volta where I encountered the most beautiful people. It was there that I took possibly my finest portraits of the village fool, children, and once again, a group of fishermen who live without electricity close to a touristic destination.
I love this feeling of perpetual discovery that takes me back to childhood. I try to live within this eternal and renewable state of birth.”