Cyril Abad

France
BIOGRAPHY

I have been a freelance photographer for about ten years. I live and work in Paris.

My favourite subject matters relate mainly to socio-environmental issues. I seek to document human reactions and adaptation to changes that occur in the environment. As I spent much of my childhood on the Mediterranean coast, I’m also very sensitive to the issue of plastic pollution in the sea. I’m trying more and more to fight this battle using photography.

Throughout the year, I shoot corporate and advertising assignments to finance my documentary projects. In addition, I do street photography on a regular basis, using a more intuitive and pictorial approach. This passion helps me shake up my own photographic codes and it is also a way of training my eyes daily.

My work has been published in “National Geographic France” as well as in the magazine “Long Cours”. I have been a member of the Hans Lucas Agency since 2015. I won the MAP 2013 as well as the FUJIFILM competition "Regard Doubles 2015" for my work "Saami, peuple d'Europe face au réchauffement climatique" ("Saami, people of Europe faced with global warming").

 

COMMENT

I use the X-T1 and X-Pro2 cameras when I do street photography and I also use them more and more for my documentary projects. My favourite lenses are the XF23mmF1.4 and XF35mmF2 which are equivalent to the prime lenses I like using for my documentary work.

I chose Fujifilm equipment first because of street photography which requires being as discreet as possible. The compact size of the X-T1 and X-Pro2 allows me to go almost unnoticed, to be less intrusive and aggressive towards the person I capture.

The X-T1 and X-Pro2 are both very responsive and meet all my requirements for focusing. In addition, the AF assist via the Focus Peaking function makes it possible to handle shooting conditions that sometimes are demanding.

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