François Maurel – Ravololoarisoa
A Malgasy and French photographer, Francois Maurel is an undeniable adventurer. He started his professional career in 2007 and been to, and taken photos in, about 35 countries. As a photojournalist for the agency, Racines et Culture, he has covered the World Surf Competition in Bali for Slater Kelly, the international film festival of Marrakech, the Sao Paulo Carnival, photographed migrants in occidental Sahara, albino children in Benin, vaudou cultes, the Caribbean volcanos, and more. He works regularly in Brazil, Indonesia, India, and on the African continent. Rewarded and published in international press coverages, he has also won a prize at the arts academy of the Maison Royal in 2007, Sigef contest in October 2015 in Geneva, award hunitarian pictures in November 2016 during COP 22 in Morocco . His work, all in black and white, is grand, engaging and spontaneous. It is a mix of journalism, documentary, essay and art. He is hard to put in a box, which makes him a multi-faceted photographer. He is also the founder and president of the Studio Maurel and of Perline Madagascar association.
Arhuacos, indigenous ethnic group of Colombia. “We are the Earth
This is a photographic experience of life in the heart of a family of the Arhuacos tribe in Colombia in a forbidden zone, a designated world heritage biosphere by UNESCO since 1979 and a prohibited area of access since 11 January 2016. I have worked for 10 years on the peoples of the world, in our changing societies. I try to integrate and share the intimate life of certain social classes of the world from the Favela de Rio de Janeiro night in 2013 for 3 months and several trips, through the castes of the Untouchables in India, the intimate life of the great South African photographer Santu Mofokeng, through the nomads of the sea “Vezo” in Madagascar. This time it was in Colombia, in a family of 11 children that I was able to pose an intimate glance of the interior INSIDE OUT a look of the inside by and for the outside. A way and an atypical approach that makes it possible not to come looking for something prepared, and not to overcome prejudices. Their story is in the process of upheaval and change, like that of our current societies. They will move from total isolation for centuries to the acculturation that has begun. The human project “Little Brother” to go live with the other in a spirit of adventure begins in November 2017. On this first trip of 2 months, Colombia is experiencing radical social and economic change. Here is my feeling. How do the sons and grandsons of these Aboriginal peoples of our new era live the transformation of ancestral and mythological culture into a leisure society? What impact do these mutations have on the cultural and spiritual scene and on safeguarding their sacred area? Do these changes leave room for an alternative mutation? Can the economic emergence of a large country like Colombia be conducive to the production of controlled protection of this universal historical legacy of Aboriginal peoples? Far from the ethnologist’s eye that seeks only differences between peoples, far from the witness and the voyeurism that does not live the action and does no takes more time to feel and feel, as usual I will try to express myself in slowness and duration to grasp the subtleties to find a way, an intimate and unique vision.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.