Between Bordeaux, France, where he lives and the other side of the world, Jean-Christian COTTU defines himself as a wandering photographer. When travelling, he carries his equipment in a sealed trunk containing a portable photo studio and a light box connected to a generator.
“This technique prevents the stealing of images. My work is a moment of complicity with my models and offers exciting exchanges “
His work is held in conditions comparable to movie making: for each destination he must assemble a team of local assistants, obtain authorizations, scout locations for places and settings, determine the hours of shooting according to the quality of light.
“Achieving a picture takes time. My main concern is to restore the authenticity of my meetings and the dignity of people offering me their image.”
After work done in Nagaland on the last headhunters, he returns to India to meet the Holy Men in the holy city of Varanasi.