Clement, tell us a little about how NOOR began…
NOOR started 10 years ago in September 2007 in Perpignan during Visa pour l’Image Festival. Samantha Appleton, Jodi Bieber, Philip Blenkinsop, Pep Bonet, Jan Grarup, Stanley Greene, Yuri Kozyrev, Kadir van Lohuizen, Francesco Zizola and Claudia Hinterseer agreed that together they were able to “make changes” through photography, making stories that would impact humanity. They decided to unite their individual visions and reflections and they founded their own agency to have full control of their professional lives and to be able to carry on pursuing their projects, and to strengthen their ability to work independently. NOOR is a family, a family of light, a place where they can safely pool their resources. Today, 10 years after, we still strongly believe that some things simply need to be seen.
What does your role as Managing Director at NOOR entail?
My role is to make it happen. NOOR Individuals are visual story-tellers, photographers, film-makers, writers, artists using photographs, videos, drone footage, 360 cameras, sounds and writing to see, to document, to investigate, and to witness our world. My mission is to make sure that NOOR helps, hosts and supports each author’s needs, wishes and aims in order for them to produce, to work, and to express their creativity. I am a lucky man.