The French presidential election, as seen through the lens of two of France's most experienced photographers of presidential politics.
Photographe et journaliste, j'embarque à bord de la soucoupe en octobre 2010. Je copilote depuis la rentrée 2011 de la direction artistique d'Owni avec Loguy Batonboys et je suis chargée de l'édition photo.
Political photojournalism today requires serious real time capabilities to get around the mechanisms that the candidates’ communications teams build around them. Jean-Claude Coutausse and Cyril Bitton have been working as political photographers for over ten years. Members of Fedephoto, in the run up to this year’s French presidential election they created an informal collective called French Politics along with fellow photographers Olivier Coret, Marc Chaumeil, Laurent Hazgui and Caroline Poiron. Over a period of several months, each of them followed at least one candidate on the campaign trail on behalf of various newspapers and magazines. Jean-Claude Coutausse has been covering presidential elections since 1988, and Francois Hollande since the last summer, exclusively for the Le Monde newspaper. Cyril Bitton has been following the Front National party for a decade and Marine Le Pen since her inauguration as party leader in January 2011.
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