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Visa pour Image 2020 / ESJ PRO : The making of a photo : Sanne Derks # 3


Every day, the professional photographers exhibited at Visa pour l’Image give us the background of their work. How they managed to convince their interlocutors to place themselves in the right place and to trigger their device at the right time. Third episode with Sanne Derks.

Finding the right scene: Photojournalist Sanne Derks has found herself in Cuba searching for the leaking drinking water that the population is sorely lacking. Her work highlights the deterioration of the archaic pipes. She tells us how she found this amazing scene. “This photo illustrates how I operate. Sometimes I’m in new places and don’t know where to start. I used google maps typing in “agua” (water). I stumbled upon this spot on the map and went there without even knowing what exactly I was going to find there. Sometimes the tanks no longer exist or are broken.

Afterwards, it’s a question of “feeling”: “On the spot, there was a truck which came to fill its water tank, I was able to go up with it and that’s how I was able to take this Photo. I love it so much. I think this is one of the best of my reporting, especially in terms of colors and composition. “

Jacques Perrot


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