The Photographic Chain: Five minutes with Philip Plisson

This post is the latest in Kike Calvo´s series The Photographic Chain, which profiles photographers from around the world he meets during his travels.

My dream is…

Dreams change over the years; Now I dream that one of my grandsons discovers an eye and starts the photographic adventure.

Belem 1896. She was originally a cargo ship, transporting sugar from the West Indies, cocoa, and coffee from Brazil and French Guiana to Nantes, France. By chance she escaped the eruption of the Mount Pelée in Saint-Pierre de la Martinique on 8 May 1902.In January 1979, she came back to her home port as the Belem under tow by a French seagoing tug, flying the French flag after 65 years. Restored to her original condition, today is a sail training ship. Photo © Philip Plisson


The biggest lesson in my career…

To control the success there is nothing better than a united and accomplice couple. Never allow others the opportunity to speak and act on your behalf.

The biggest lesson in my life…

The best years of a life are those that one has not yet experienced.

The moment I will never forget…

My transatlantic La Rochelle / New Orleans, 31 days of sea in prao, left at the end with a salty victory and a loss of 20 kilos

Photography is…

Photography, it is an eye searching for the beauty where others don’t see it, with the need to share.


Why my lack of sea gives me envy everyday to getting up earlier? Why the desire to share my feelings remains intact after 30 years of sea and photos? Why nearly 3 million French homes live daily with one of my pictures of the sea?

The Time Machine:

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So who is … Philip?
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Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: