What drew you to street photography initially?
I travel a lot in the country, so I began shooting people that I met on the road, and it was so natural to spend a little time with them. I love chatting with stranger who talks about their life, it allows us to forget our ego.
What is it like shooting in Algeria? What are the challenges, the joys?
Shooting in Algeria is really frustrating, the police stop us to check our papers and sometimes the encounters turn to violence, but people are really interesting and fantastic and there is so much to see in this country the challenge is to be discreet in some places and avoid the police, but it’s always a pleasure.
How would you describe your street photography style?
I don’t think I have a specific style, but I always shoot with feeling.
What do you look for in a subject?
It is usually geometric, the light is very important for me, so you could say it’s a mix of everything but always with feeling.
Do you think street photography will still be relevant 50 years from now?
In our day everyone is a photographer, so I think that in 50 years with advanced technology, there will be different style and street photography will diversify but there will always be the purist to keep the heritage of this art.
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