ROYAL AFRICAN FELLOWS > GUILLAUME BONN
Guillaume is the third generation of a family all born in Africa. His safari life started at the age of six in the Danakil desert, the hottest place on earth. He has been on safari ever since and lived and grew up in Tananarive, Djibouti, Sanaa, Nairobi, Kathmandu, Saigon Geneva and Paris.
Guillaume is a photographer and filmmaker who has for the last 18 years reported on conflict and social issues in Darfur, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, and Mauritania, mainly for The New York Times and other magazines.
Guillaume, and writer Marc Lacey, were one of the first journalists to cover for The New York Times, the Darfur crisis from within Sudan, which brought attention to the forgotten crisis. Again with his colleague Lacey, they uncovered the abuses committed on children in Congo by UN peacekeepers. He received a PDN photography Annual Award and his Series Silent Lives was nominated to the 2012 Pictet Prize and shown at the Arles Photo festival, he was again nominated to the Pictet in 2013.
Guillaume is the author of three photographic books, including his first monograph "Le Mal d'Afrique, a journey into old and new Africa,” which was exhibited at the Nairobi National Museum and which some photographs are now part of the permanent collection of the museum.
He has directed four film documentaries, worked as a cameraman on "Dying to tell the story", a 90 - minute documentary which was nominated for an Emmy award and also had unprecedented access in the life of American artist Peter Beard, spending two years traveling with him between Lake Turkana, Masai Mara, New York, Montauk, London and Paris while directing a film on him; "Peter Beard Scrapbooks from Africa & Beyond" which premiered at the Louvres museum, Sundance and was shown and screened on TV channels worldwide.
He lives between Paris, Nairobi, London and has been a contributor to Vanity Fair magazine since 2002, covering a range of stories, from the conflict in North Uganda, with Christopher Hitchens, to the haute couture shows in Paris and the wedding of the son of the Maharaja of Jodhpur in India. His last story being the now famous "Agony & Ivory" on the African Elephants and the ivory trade.