Collecting and analysing data for international brands might seem an unlikely background for a documentary photographer, but Canon Ambassador Jérôme Gence has found surprising parallels between his two very different careers.
"Unconsciously, I learned storytelling from working with figures," he explains. "Once you collect the data you have to tell the story. Your client has a very short time to listen to the results of the analysis, so you have to get straight to the point."
Jérôme is fascinated by the impact technology is having on all our lives, and his photography shines a light on how the internet, and new ways of digital communication, have changed the way we work and relate to each other. His documentary projects, mainly based in Asia, have focused on subjects including selfie culture, livestreaming, the obsession with virtual singers and the lives of digital nomads.
Jérôme's skills in producing original, tech-related stories on how we live today have helped him stand out in the competitive world of photojournalism. His work has been published in high-profile magazines including Le Figaro, Stern, Spiegel, Le Monde and on the National Geographic website. His latest series on remote workers, Telework, was selected for the 2021 Visa pour l'Image festival of photojournalism.
Jérôme has learned some valuable lessons on his professional journey and here he offers five tips for aspiring documentary photographers, based on his experiences.