Published in Docu Book Vol 4.
Best of Documentary & Street Photography
ISSN: 2814-9033
Digital publication (ebook)

Interview & Photographs: 

Reyan Menzalji

Tell about yourself a little bit… How did you become a photographer?

My name is Reyan. I am a photographer based in France, with a particular interest in black and white street photography. Some people become photographers after visiting an exhibition that triggers a strong desire in them. Others know from their early teens that this is what they want to be. But for me, it was nothing like that. I kind of became a photographer by accident. It was around 2005. I was moving to Montréal to study. It was a new beginning in a new country. This was not the first time I switched continents, but this particular translation had a special flavor. It was my first time in North America, and I wanted to keep a trace of it. I had no precise photographic intentions at the time and did not know much about photography, but I was eager to experiment. However, having little money and zero technical knowledge allowing me to make an educated choice, I decided to buy an affordable zoom digital camera: the Kodak EasyShare Z710. It had a 10x optical zoom lens, no image stabilization and a limited ISO range, but I still had a lot of fun with it. And honestly, in those early years, that is all my photography was about. In fact, it took me several years to realize that I wanted more than fun and that I might actually have an eye for black and white photography.

What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a photographer?

The biggest lesson I have learned as a photographer is…