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French Photographer Is Lastest HOC Winner

24/01/2011 The newest Photograph of the Month is by Eric Lafforgue, who was born in Pau, France, in 1964. A freelance photographer since 2007, Eric has already had his work published in GEO, National Geographic, and CNN Traveler.

In 2006, before heading out on a long journey, Eric decided to buy an H2D. “My assignment was to record remote tribes, using the most modern equipment,” he recalls. “After posting my images on the Web, I received many requests from prestigious magazines. When GEO Germany bought 10 pages of my New Guinea pictures, I thought about turning pro full time.”

© Eric Lafforgue

Eric photographs people because he’s interested in their lives, traditions and cultures—all the while using Hasselblads to capture who and what he sees. After the H2D, he moved on to an H3D-39 and, more recently, an H4D-50.

Eric shot the HOC winning picture with the H3D-39 just after landing on Ambrym, a small island in Oceania. “I was the only tourist on the weekly plane. Its arrival is the kids’ main entertainment! As soon as I got out of the plane, I saw this child who was so surprised to see the big camera in my hands, that I took a picture,” he recalls.

Photos that Lafforgue captured in Asia and Oceania will be on view at the “Portraits of Asia” open-air exhibition at Bangkok’s Central World Square, February 10 to April 10, 2011.

“I think I’m a good tester because, if Hasselblad has survived Angola, Ethiopia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and North Korea, you can say it works!”

Click here to see Eric's pictures in Hasselblad Owners' Club.

For more images and information on Eric Lafforgue, click here.

Text by Alice B. Miller