Photography for me is synonymous to going out and discovering. In parallel with street photography, I'm covering some of the news, mostly in Paris but also abroad (G8 in Germany, elections in Pakistan and Bolivia, Climate Summit in Copenhagen, earthquake in Haiti, G20 in Toronto) as part of a "photojournalism" work.

The latter has been mentioned in newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro as well as French TV channel LCI, with photos featured in Le Journal du Dimanche, CNN Exchange, RMC Info, BBC World, Salon, German MAX magazine (April 06 issue) and the cover of JPG magazine (Street Photography issue). My submissions to National Press Photographers Association - Best of Photojournalism 2007 were awarded the 1st places in the News and Photojournalism categories for Amateurs Photoblogs.

In June 2008, I finally decided to put an end to a 13-year career in investment banking to dedicate myself to photojournalism. In Sept. 2008, I was awarded in Perpignan the "Tremplin Photo" grant for a 6 month formation at the EMI-CFD. My recent work is distributed by Wostok Press.

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Some quotes:

Photography is the easiest art, which perhaps makes it the hardest.” - Lisette Model


"If your photographs aren’t good enough, you aren’t reading enough.” - Tod Papageorge


"Un des problèmes réels auxquels les rédacteurs en chef comme le photographes doivent faire face est le nombre de pages limités dévolu à la photo. Au début de ma carrière, je cherchais le moment le plus dramatique, susceptible de transmettre l'essence d'un évènement en une seule image. Je guettais ces moments avec une sorte d'instinct viscéral, un mélange d'adrénaline pure, ce qui m'amenait à exclure presque entièrement les détails donnant un cadre à l'évènement en question. Dans l'Enfer, je cherche à traiter les évènements plus globalement et plus en profondeur -en leur donnant une qualité narrative, cinétique, qui rende compte non seulement de la structure propre à l'image unique, mais aussi des relations entre les images. C'est une tentative pour dépasser la simple collection des soi-disant "meilleures photos" afin de faire sentir le flux des évènements: un mouvement réel, qui se poursuit en dehors de la présence d'un photographe. Je me suis efforcé de saisir les moments qui précèdent et qui suivent le moment décisif, et de tenir compte de l'accumulation de détails parfois répétitifs qui informent la réalité."

James Nachtwey, postface of L'Enfer.


One agency photographer remembers meeting Antonin Kratochvil at a Croatia refugee camp, thinking he was some shaggy-haired old loser who got there too late. “I got everything,” he boasted, “food distribution, water queue, ICRC doctors, tents, kids being vaccinated, the whole story. Now I’m going to file." Kratochvil looked at him and said, "You missed it. It’s about boredom, baby, boredom."

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    Robin Thom says:

    "One of the very best on Flickr.

    He always finds the graphic essence."

    July 8th, 2008

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    PhotosNormandie says:

    "Au delà de la qualité des images proposées par Hugues, que tout le monde s'accorde à saluer, on doit aussi remarquer le soin apporté à la rédaction des descriptions. Bravo!"

    January 17th, 2008

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    François Lafite says:

    "Maybe the best photoreporter of Flickr's community."

    October 11th, 2007

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    Robert Croma says:

    "Hugo is one of the greats. An outstanding photographer whose interpretative development is extraordinary. A world class photographer giving us superb, cutting edge images. One of Flickr's best, for sure..."

    May 13th, 2007

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    troycochrane says:

    "There are few streams that I visit on a regular basis. Hugo's is one of them. He has created an aesthetic of his own without becoming redundant or predictable. A casual style and undeniably brilliant eye conspire to create one memorable image after another."

    April 17th, 2007

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    pschmutz says:

    "Hughes photographies are full of power, contrast, light and story. His work is inspiring and perfect promotion for paris... He is definitely one of the best photographers on flickr. Thanks Hughes!"

    April 5th, 2007

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    Wylie Maercklein says:

    "A master of light and observation; Hugo's daring photojournalism speaks of more than most writers can put to words, his silhouettes are stunning examples of composition, and his black and whites are flawless."

    December 5th, 2006

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    elfis gallery says:

    "Hugo is for me one of the best photographers at flickr...
    his reportage-photos and his street-photos are fascinating and inspiring...
    it's a real pleasure to view his works of art
    thanks for that

    it seems that everything in front of his camera becomes afterwards a brilliant photo, no matter which motive...
    so his Iceland-landscapes are brilliant too..."

    October 6th, 2006

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    Pensiero says:

    "I consider Hugo one of the best 10 photographer here in Flickr. His vision of the world, of human being and for the details is so unique and original. Great font of inspiration for everyone."

    May 29th, 2006

Hughes Léglise-Bataille
March 2005
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