From Casablanca to Dakar – The Leica digicam Weblog


His essential concern is to inform tales along with his pictures. Captured on a visit he took from Casablanca to Dakar, Yassine Toumi’s highly effective photographs are clear proof of this. Virtually as if by likelihood, they arrive collectively to create an emphatic reportage that speaks, above all, in regards to the folks – within the spirit of “humanist pictures”.

How would you describe your photographic method?
I classify it below humanist pictures, as I attempt to convey messages via the picture.

The place did you’re taking the photographs and through which interval?
As for these photographs, I took them in 2017, on a visit from Casablanca to Dakar with a Senegalese dealer in his automobile. It was a pleasant, six-day expertise.

How did the folks react, after they observed themselves being photographed?
In the beginning it was not simple for myself and the journalist with whom I did the report. We didn’t say that we had been journalists, in any other case they wouldn’t comply with photographing, or our travelling with them. We mentioned we simply wished to have this highway journey expertise. There was the motive force and two different Senegalese, and two Ivorians: they had been actually very good. I had my Leica M-P with me and one other digicam within the bag. Nobody refused us taking photographs throughout the entire journey and even in Dakar once we arrived.

In your opinion, what sort of expertise does a photographer want?
For my part a photographer has to know the message he desires to convey. Moreover the sunshine and the framing are crucial. To place it briefly: message, mild, framing.

Would you outline your self as a street-photographer or a journey photographer?
I actually like avenue pictures, however I discover pleasure in reporting. As I mentioned in the beginning, I actually like humanist pictures to inform tales.

When did you determine to concentrate on pictures? Was there a turning level in your life?
That was actually unusual. I’ve cherished pictures since my childhood, and I at all times appreciated to suppose that in the future it was going to be my job. After my baccalaureate (highschool diploma), nonetheless, I went to the College of High quality Artwork in Casablanca to specialise in Inside Structure. However every little thing modified within the second 12 months, and I transferred to Graphic Design and Pictures; and once I took my diploma I focussed on Photojournalism.

Do you’ve any pictures idols?
Yeeees! Peter Lindbergh, Alec Soth, Dominic Nahr, Paolo Pellegrin…

What sort of gear did you employ? And the way did it carry out?
I used the well-known Leica M-P with a 35mm Summarit f/2.5. I purchased it earlier than my journey. I used to be deeply impressed – up till then I had an M9 – by the extent of picture high quality, and in addition by the degrees of sensitivity and the show display screen… the battery life, too.

Please full the next sentence: Pictures is …
… a pressure of communication. I may additionally discuss it carrying a message to defend an thought.

After graduating from the École supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Casablanca in 2010, Yassine Toumi started to work as a press photographer the identical 12 months. At 37, he’s now a photograph reporter for the weekly newspaper TelQuel, for which he travels throughout Morocco and the continent, in the hunt for the picture that may say greater than a thousand phrases. In reporting, his photographs are outlined by his fearless method and discreetly curious eye. His documentary narrative helps the viewer reside sure
realities by proxy. Discover out extra about his pictures on his Instagram web page.

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