Cours Julien is one of the city's most diverse areas, with a broad mix of nationalities. While an estimated 40 percent of Marseille is now Muslim, it also has the third largest urban population of Jewish people in Europe.
Marseille – Photo Tip

Learn to act naturally with the camera

Photo by Kike del Olmo

Marseille – Photo Tip Learn to act naturally with the camera

Street photography can be very different, depending on where one is. The destination, the people, the economic situation or even the cultural differences are very important when we want to take a portrait that will reflect reality.

Kike del Olmo
Kike del Olmo Travel Photographer

Marseille is a fascinating city in terms of its human and cultural complexity, and this means that the way you work will change from one neighborhood to another, even from one street to another.

Generally speaking, Marseille is not one of those destinations where people are happy to see a camera. So I hid my camera and walked. And walked. I needed to talk to people first, in order to weigh up the situation.

You might want to shoot by surprise to catch a spontaneous image but, in certain areas like La Cayolle, where it is impossible for a stranger to go unnoticed, I first found a guide who knew the neighborhood. From then on, it was just a question of spending time. The guide can make sure nobody steals your camera, but spending time is necessary for people to get used to you and act naturally with the camera.

When you are doing street photography, you must also accept that, in certain situations, you might not be able to take a picture. Sometimes, people get annoyed. In those cases, you have to say sorry and walk away.

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La Cayolle is a poor neighborhood with a mix of residents of Arab, Roma and African background. Burdened by poverty and a lack of public transportation, it sits next to smart developments created in recent years. Photo by Kike del Olmo

Kike del Olmo

Kike del Olmo

La Cayolle is a poor neighborhood with a mix of residents of Arab, Roma and African background. Burdened by poverty and a lack of public transportation, it sits next to smart developments created in recent years.

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