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26.04.2020 Jack Picone

X-T4: "Photography in Motion" Jack Picone

Jack Picone

Jack Picone, né à Moree, dans l’état australien de Nouvelle-Galles du Sud, est un journaliste de renommée internationale et un photographe documentaire basé à Bangkok.
Picone a couvert huit guerres dans les années 90, dont certaines d’entre elles à plusieurs reprises, notamment en Arménie, en Yougoslavie, en Somalie, au Rwanda, en Palestine, en Irak, au Liberia, au Soudan, en Angola et en Asie centrale soviétique.
Picone appartient à la nouvelle vague de photographes australiens qui se sont formés sur le terrain pendant les années 90, un groupe qui a non seulement rapporté les événements au jour le jour mais qui s’est également questionné sur les grandes questions sociales actuelles. Cela apparaît encore plus clairement dans le récent engagement de Picone qui vise à documenter la pandémie du VIH/SIDA. Ses travaux photographiques se caractérisent par une approche non-intrusive et non-précipitée de ses sujets. Son travail dans les montagnes reculées de Nuba au Soudan en est un bel exemple. La photographie documentaire actuelle de Picone implique une interaction naturelle avec la vie de ces personnes qui racontent leur histoire, en premier lieu à petite échelle, avant de fournir un catalyseur qui puisse permettre la communication entre différentes cultures à grande échelle.
Picone est co-fondateur du festival australien REPORTAGE ainsi que fondateur de Jack Picone Photography et de Stephen Dupont Documentary Workshops. Il a reçu de nombreux prix prestigieux de photo journalisme et de photographie documentaire.
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What I love about shooting the FUJIFILM X-T4 in Kathmandu is its unobtrusiveness. Its retro design synchs seamlessly with Kathmandu’s urban and fluid landscape.

Like Kathmandu itself, the X-T4 has a dual personality on the outside; it resonates retro with classic design lines not eclipsed by time. On the inside, it is all twenty-first-century space-age technology. It’s a compelling combination.

Nepal is a spiritually multi-dimensional and creative place. Much of its creativity is rooted in Hinduism. In Kathmandu, Hinduism is omnipresent in life and death. Hinduism is a conversation between life and death. It is reflected in Nepalese culture in its religious iconography, art, writing, graffiti, music and its cremations on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river. Unlike most Western countries, the Nepalese people are unconcerned with the documentation of their dead. They are inclusive of it. It is an intrinsic part of the Hindu religion to share life’s experiences to promote a culture of understanding between people everywhere. Hindus believe we are all the same and we are all in this life together. Sharing death is part of that philosophy.

Photographing the ritual of death is mostly about respect, unobtrusiveness and speed. There can be beauty in pathos, and poetic and sorrowful photographs can be made or lost – forever – in microseconds. I found while documenting the cremations at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu that the fold away screen, large dials and controls on the top of the X-T4 allowed me to work fast, be present, stay in the moment, and learn about the Nepalese peoples’ conversation about death. The opposite of the preceding glued to the screen scrolling through endless menu pages is a lessor experience.

I push my cameras to the extreme ‘edge’ of what they are capable of. Having six and a half stops of image stabilization, lighting fast autofocus, lots of film simulations and extra battery life keeps me on ‘the edge’ where most of the potent photographs happen.

The FUJIFILM X-T4 is intuitive, fast, fluid and a natural extension of me and my creativity.