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Gérald Geronimi

Photographer's Bio

I had just graduated in photography and was 18 when I joined the photo service of Marseille Navy fire department in 1993 in France. It was an extraordinary experience, both photographic and human! In 1998, the CFO (Comité Français d'Organisation) hired me as a "photo" manager for the World Football Cup in the Marseille area. Responsible for looking after photographers from all over the world, I discovered the world of the press and sports photography.

Following these successful experiences, I created my company in May 2003 and made my childhood dream come true – to earn a living from photography and to live for photography. At that time, I also started shooting my first weddings. Simultaneously, I worked as a photographer for the communication department of Marseille hospitals, which turned out to be another amazing experience!

But the real turning point in my professional life happened in 2007. I then decided to challenge myself to leave Marseille for Lens, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region (France). I literally fell in love with the area, its inhabitants, landscapes and incredible "Northern light" which still inspires me today! At that time, I also dedicated a large part of my photography work to weddings and portraits.

In 2008, I was still looking for new photographic emotions; I went to Burkina Faso as a volunteer on a humanitarian mission. After setting up a "bush" photo studio and thanks to a small portable printer, dozens of children went back home with their portrait, but mostly with a different view on themselves. These portraits of children have since been shown in an exhibition called "Enfants du Faso", which has been travelling a lot.

Today, when you ask me what I do for a living, I like to simply say that I take pictures of lovers and happy people. To me, photography is a universal language that makes it possible to experience extraordinary and unforgettable encounters!





Photographer's Testimonial

Most of my photo production (approx. 80%) is shoot with 24mm lens. Then I was very excited and I looked forward to the launch of this XF16mmF1.4 R WR (equivalent to a 24mm with my X-T1). I had the pleasure to use it on a wedding and "in the mood of love" shooting sessions. This lens fit well with my expectations for a professional photo, and even a little bit more! Briefly, it looks like the XF23mmF1.4 R. It can be said that it is its little brother! Its design is strong and beautiful. In addition it is weather protected. It provides an amazing and nice Bokeh effect and the definition is very high even at F1.4. The minimum focusing distance is very interesting: it's almost "macro": I love it! Finally, the new Nano-GI technology is very effective, and it controls all the light scattering effects. In conclusion, I am really pleased and even impressed with what XF16mmF1.4 R WR! Thanks a lot Fujifilm!

Photographer's Work