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Pierre Stevenin (France)

I have been a freelance photographer for 20 years and I specialized in sport events. As a photographer for the ZUMA Press agency, my work is published in newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Paris Match, Le Figaro Golf, Le Parisien, L’Équipe… I discovered photography during a summer camp when I was 12. My teacher’s genius brought my passion for this art to the surface. As years went by, I improved my skills in the family circle and a few years later, I was choosing sport photography – what an interesting playground!!! The beauty of the gesture, the concentration, the precise positioning, the attitude, then a face, a body that is contorted by the effort, either by the joy of victory or the disappointment of defeat… My philosophy of imagery: the art of movement in sport.

TESTIMONIAL

I have always been attracted to new photographic technology so I had been looking for a while for lightweight equipment which would allow me to produce high-quality shots. Chance played a large part as I found myself with a FUJIFILM X-T2 camera in my hand. I was astonished by its color accuracy, its noise management in high ISO settings – essential for  indoor events or night races – and its dynamic range. I was pleasantly surprised by the X-T2’s operation: a brilliant and highly-reliable autofocus (driven by various settings which meet most demands in sport photography), a frame rate of 11 fps… The equivalent of a high-end professional SLR. For the photographers from my generation, FUJIFILM means a wide range of films. I can "use" them again via the film simulation modes such as Velvia, ASTIA, ACROS… Moreover, every setting is within reach: aperture, ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, over-exposure, under-exposure… Like many of my colleagues, my number one enemy is weight. As far as I’m concerned, I used to travel with 25kg of photo equipment and had to negotiate constantly with the airport authorities to board an aircraft. Today, I travel with half this weight for the same type of equipment. Everything fits in a backpack. To me, the X-T2 is the ideal reportage equipment.