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Page 28: Tribute to the women I met on cruiseships.

They were all adorable women, and I thank them all wholeheartedly. We had some good fun, without ulterior motives or false hopes.

I am a convinced feminist: political, economic, cultural, personal, social and legal equality between women and men.

We are so blessed to be living in a time when women can choose their own destinies without a man's goodwill. I am thankful for the support and love of the outstanding women around me.

Willie Nelson:
To all the girls I've loved before
Who traveled in and out my door
I'm glad they came along
I dedicate this song
To all the girls I've loved before
To all the girls I once caressed
And may I say, I've held the best
For helping me to grow, I owe a lot, I know
To all the girls I've loved before
The winds of change are always blowing
And every time I tried to stay
The winds of change continued blowing
And they just carried me away
To all the girls who shared my life
Who now are someone else's wives
I'm glad they came along
I dedicate this song
To all the girls I've loved before
To all the girls who cared for me
Who filled my nights with ecstasy
They live within my heart
I'll always be a part
Of all the girls I've loved before
The winds of change are always blowing…


After the pill and before Aids, before the Spring Breaks, during THE LOVE BOAT TV shows.

Thanks also to Dr Ruth*.

No I will not die frustrated, like many others ...

If you think you might be offended or that you’ll die of jealousy from seeing an ordinary guy meet many extraordinary women, you should skip this page.

Hey, I’ve lived my love life the right way around : flirting around BEFORE committing. Then finding the right partner.

*Ruth Westheimer (born June 4, 1928), better known as Dr. Ruth, is an American sex therapist, media personality, and author. The New York Times described her as a "Sorbonne-trained psychologist who became a kind of cultural icon in the 1980s.… She ushered in the new age of freer, franker talk about sex on radio and television. She encouraged sex and more sex and participated in the 1980 sex revolution in the USA.

No sexual frustration, no need to prove one’s virility, no midlife crisis.
My cousins, my brother, and many of my friends were very young when they rushed into marriage, had kids, and all of them ended in divorce.

Thanks to the women on cruiseships, I’ve lived incredible slices of life, shared and understood their lives as diverse as they were fascinating. I learned of American social classes, religions, customs, national education, fashion, politics, professional life, morals, conjugal relationships, the underside, and underwear.

As a consequence, I have a pretty concrete picture of Americans’ lives in the 80’s.
So this report is social, intimate, and cultural and the same time, showcasing various activities and places. It is a priceless first-hand account of the beautiful time that was the 1980’s. Almost every state is represented (geographic, physical, clothing, and emotional states).

For info, I am not Mick Jagger, I have not slept with all the women in my photos.
Their company was often enough for my amazement.

It also show that I am capable of taking pictures everywhere and in all circumstances
For info, I do not dance, I do not smoke and I do not drink.

For whatever reason, "Dazzles", the dance club on the S/S Norway, former French cruise liner, was off-limits to women employees because the man to woman ratio was far too skewed against the fairer sex. On the other hand, the photographers, musicians, croupiers, and other male employees were encouraged to visit the disco. They only had to walk up to the bar alone to find themselves assailed by a myriad of pretty passengers ready to show them around their cabin.How about it?

Love is like cooking, you have to taste everything to recognize what is good.

How about it? Your place or mine?

Dot... dot ... Dot .... (ref film MamaMia.)...

Whatever happens on cruiseships stays on cruiseships.

It was also a different era.

The Sexual Revolution, also known as a time of Sexual Liberation, was a social movement that challenged traditional codes of behaviour related to sexuality and interpersonal relationships throughout the Western world from the 1960s to the 1980s. Sexual liberation included increased acceptance of sex outside of traditional heterosexual, monogamous relationships (primarily marriage). The normalization of contraception and the pill, public nudity, pornography, premarital sex, homosexuality, and alternative forms of sexuality, and the legalization of abortion all followed.

Le concept de révolution sexuelle, également appelé libération sexuelle, recouvre les changements substantiels du comportement et des mœurs sexuels intervenus en Occident à la fin des années 1970 et au début des années 1980. Ce mouvement est essentiellement marqué par l'émancipation sexuelle des femmes, l'affirmation de l'égalité des sexes et la reconnaissance des sexualités non procréatrices et non conjugales.
Cette révolution est consubstantielle à deux éléments essentiels. Le premier est la sortie des régimes démographiques anciens, marqués par l'omniprésence de la mort et la nécessité d'engendrer de nombreux enfants pour contrer cette dernière, et l'entrée dans les régimes démographiques contemporains, caractérisés par une faible mortalité qui rend indispensable la limitation de la fécondité, pour empêcher tout risque d'explosion démographique. Le second élément est une révolution scientifique marquée par un faisceau de découvertes et d'avancées dans le domaine de la sexualité : la diffusion du préservatif en latex après les années 1930, le traitement des maladies sexuellement transmissibles, au premier lieu desquelles la syphilis qui faisait des ravages depuis la Renaissance, avec la découverte des antibiotiques à partir de 1941, et la diffusion de la contraception (le stérilet est inventé en 1928, et la pilule contraceptive découverte au début des années 1950).
Elle s'accompagne d’une « révolution du droit » en Occident par lesquels les femmes acquièrent progressivement une égalité législative, notamment l'obtention du droit de vote et donc la possibilité de pousser aux réformes qui les concernent, l'égalité au sein du couple, le droit à la contraception et le droit à l'avortement.
Si l'acte sexuel était risqué, entraînant la possibilité d'une procréation non voulue, le risque de maladies sexuellement transmissibles ne l'est plus que dans une moindre mesure. La révolution sexuelle se développe dans ce contexte ; on parle d’« amour libre ».

How about it? Youre place or mine?

« It’s usually been my experience that if a beautiful woman is trying to take advantage of you, then you might as well relax and enjoy it while you can. » (de « Greeks Bearing Gifts: Bernie Gunther Thriller 13 (English Edition) » par Philip Kerr)

The holidays boost the libido. We are miles away on vacation, the serene spirit, we are open to adventure.
The ephemeral nature of this type of relationship is good on tastings with pleasure. We loose a lot more sexually. For people who are very stressed in their daily lives, an adventure can lead to an explosion of vitality.

William Golding, British Novelist, Playwright & Poet: “I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men. They are far superior and always have been. Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she will give you a baby. If you give her a house, she will give you a home. If you give her groceries, she will give you a meal. If you give her a smile she will give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.

2018 : 17 years of happiness with Frédérique, an extraordinary woman.

And with a sense of humour, the right kind : knowing how to laugh at yourself.

Je ne t'oublierai jamais. Merci pour tout l'amour reçu. Merci pour les secrets. Merci pour notre complicité. Merci pour ta cuisine extrordinaire. Merci pour ma vie avec toi.

With Diane Yanire, from Montréal, Canada

San Blas Islands. The fun was to row from one island to another.

Lucien Clergue : "Every time I photograph a woman, I feel I'm pushing back the boundaries of death."

With Alana, purser on board S/S Stardancer

If you don’t want to see a photo of me in my bare skin, don’t scroll to the bottom of this page.

Other photographers: Here Jamie Harrison.

Avec Mary on s/s Veracruz

Ratio: one guy/four women

With ELIZABETH at Dunns River Falls in Jamaica. Yes, it is her mum happily watching in the back.

With Jodie in Grand Cayman

With Pascale at her home in Ohio

JENNIFER at her home in Tennessee




LISA. It was probably Chrismas!

Shannon Templeton : "Hello! I was thinking about you and wanted to write and see how you are doing. You and I were friends a very long time ago when you worked on the M/V Stardancer. My father would book the entire ship for Christian cruises for Templeton Tours. You took me ice climbing once and photographed me in a bikini on a glacier. I would love to hear from you! I hope you are doing well. Hello! It is so nice to catch up with you again, how are you doing? I am well, still living in North Carolina. I haven't been on a cruise in years and years, I miss them. I am glad I have a friend in Paris now, I will have to come visit someday. Your friend, Shannon Templeton."

Shannon Templeton en maillot de bain sur la glace. Je maîtrise bien l'art de la persuasion.

Shannon Templeton : Astronomer at Appalachian State University, North Carolina : "That's one of the things I've always loved about you, Christian, your sense of humour. Who else would take an inflatable palm tree and a stuffed red iguana out onto a glacier in Alaska?! In a few hundred years someone will be wondering how those got there..."

Shannon Templeton inside the crevasse. I mention it because you can't see har very well

Shannon is now an astronomer at NASA for the TESS program, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which searches for exoplanets.
She asked me to photograph the blood moon on September 27, 2015 in Paris. Thanks to Shannon, my photo is now on display at NASA and my name is engraved on the electronic chip placed on Mars, after 6 months of space travel, on November 26, 2018 by Insight!

Une des puces d'InSight contenant les noms des personnes ayant participé à la campagne
dont Frédérique Gorsky et moi-même.

Joann in Xcharett caves, Mexico.

Andie, at Luquillo beach, Puerto Rico.

Laura, from Norway.

Waterproof in Mexico.




Brigitte in Magen's Bay, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Monique Quevillon from Canada, in Whittier Alaska.

The S/S Norway photographers and Mary d'Angelo

Pascale in the Anza Borrego desert in California.


Two of the 4 Ocean Pearl dancers. Katy (on right) is an adorable dancer, whose expert legs have even served as stunt doubles for Jennifer Beals’ in the 1983 movie Flash Dance.


Sometimes it was not easy.

Even deadly! Andrea Dorfmeister

With Monique Quevillon in Alaska





Again, dancers and photographers ...

Carole Holt in 2015: Great to find you on the Ocean Princess facebook site. Don't know if you remember me - one of the Dancers - you took some great photos of me and Ginny in Tivoli gardens in Copenhagen.

Andrea Dobson, Andrea Harvey, and Carole Holt (top right)

Barrie Moss et Mary D'angelo

Here Chantal Lamer, from Montréal Canada.

Chantal Lamer, from Montréal Canada.

With Allen Jolley and Allan Jones and two friendly passengers



In the Philippines with Marianna Chevara (left) who now lives in Germany.
The other girl Katy is an adorable dancer, whose expert legs have even served as stunt doubles for Jennifer Beals’ in the 1983 movie Flash Dance.
Marianne Chevara, 2000: “I’m really happy to hear from you. I just spent a good while on your website, which I found very interesting, and it brought back some good memories. I’m also happy to see that business is good for you. Do you ever come to the coast? I have lived in the same spot in Grasse for almost 5 years! My daughters, Philipine and Dove are 7 and 3.
Philipine is in primary school, she works hard, she’s already in a class of young talents (for dance). Dove is in preschool, she loves her teacher! Hoping to hear from you or see you soon. Your friend, Marianne Chevara”





Allain Weiller (pirate, musician and nowadays owns a recording studio in Boulogne),
Dr. Nicole Bordes (Chinese Blue Princess, PHD and VisLab Researcher at the University of Queensland, Australia) and I (in communist) play badminton on a street in Changhai.
Chinese passers-by look with their mouths open, they may know only ping-pong. Photo by Anne-Liz Vessiere, she is a singer.


Jacquie Roussos.




with Nicole Bordes

Alison and Misty

Avec Roberta

Nicole Bordes in Skagway, Alaska.

Nicole in Mexico.

Message from Alana: "Hello Chris,
I was poking around on Facebook and found some people from the M.V. Stardancer days.
Got to thinking about you and came across your website. WOW! Very impressive. But, I already knew that from when I knew you back in 1987-1988. SO many years ago.
I can see that life has treated you well and you are very successful.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to know you back then. Take care.
Hugs, Alana."




Jackie Matelich.

Avec Elza

Nicole Bordes







Frank Sinatra : "To all the girls I've loved before
Who travelled in and out my door I'm glad they came along
I dedicate this song To all the girls I've loved before
To all the girls I once caressed And may I say I've held the best
For helping me to grow
I owe a lot I know To all the girls I've loved before ......"








Dunns River Falls, Jamaica


L'Alaska, ici avec Nicole.






First Officer Kathy Rathgeber


Avec Christine Jean-Blanc



Andrea Dobson in 2018: "That was a funny day Christian Fournier, we were at Ciudad Guayana, near the Angel Falls in Venezuela, great place to dress up as Shirley Temple and wear tap shoes!!!"






This is not Nigel Atherton on the left.

Angel Swanson goes sky diving.

Angel Swanson Vanrooyen
Hi Christian, I'm living in North Carolina just 25 miles north of Charlotte out in the country. I have a beautiful Day spa about 2 miles from home. I met a South African 15 years ago while living in Aspen, Colorado and married him a few years later when we were in Hawaii. We have two 4 legged children and a talking parrot. Life is good! I knew you could never put down the camera. I bet you have a photo collection that's out of this world! Talk to you soon, Angel.


Below, from left to right: John Cable, Sharon Stanley, myself, Nick Lellelyn.

Nicole Bordes

Doctorate (Ph.D.) INSA Toulouse; Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (M.Sc.) INSA Toulouse; Diplôme d'Ingénieur, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) Toulouse; CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, 1983-1987; Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, 1987-1989; University of New Mexico, USA, 1992-1994; Sydney VisLab, 1994-1996, Nov 1997 till present.
Tall, beautiful, great black long hair, shy, immensely intelligent. We live some extraordinary adventures.
Creation of two photo series: "The Fun Couple" and "Nicole Tu Me Manques".
Création des deux célèbres séries photo "The Fun Couple" et "Nicole Tu Me Manques".
Depuis, je ne drague plus les passagères!

Voir aussi les reportages : Feu à bord de l'Ocean Pearl, Requins bleu de Californie, Cold Plunge, Nias, The studio in the Woods à Vancouver.


Le "fun couple" avec Dr Nicole Bordes, avant les "DesChiens" !

Featured female vocalist, Robin Fellows has performed in everything from small groups to full scale production shows in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Atlantic City. She currently divides her time between The Hal Kats and headlining her own show on cruise ships worldwide. Her vocal style and musical interpretation along with her unique ability to connect with her audience brings an element of showmanship not seen in other bands.

Robin Fellows and her friend Tammy in Puerto Vallarta, Mexique.
I don't think Robin ever noticed the graffitti on the wall.

Neither did Tammy!

I photographed the famous model Petra Lindblad in Hollywood in 1993.
White background, white back protection with Lightform P22 panels and black canvases

Petra Lindblad was also photographed, among others, by the famous German photographer Peter Lindbergh for Vogue France magazine.
I will meet Peter Lindberg later, in his house rue de Savoie in Paris, to give him introductory courses in digital.

Voir cet edito.


The ratio in passengers is about 1 man for 5 girls



Tracey in Yaté, New-Caledonia.




I am based in Torrance, California. I rent an apartment (above) with Nicole in an apartment complex (pool, reception room, the works…)
Right by the beach, close to downtown LA and Hollywood, not far from Long Beach nor the LAX airport, perfect for the errant photographer.

The other residents of our LA apartment complex were very social, hosting welcome parties, brunches. There’s a whole room in the building dedicated to these gatherings. I’ve never seen anything like it in France.
I now live in Paris, for 30 years, in a subdivision of 400 apartments. I say hello to everyone. But Parisians say hello very rarely.

D'autres incroyables découvertes archéologiques :
- Le célèbre photographe Christian Fournier était suicidaire lors de sa séparation d'avec le Docteur Nicole Bordes, à l'époque maître de recherches en sciences à Los Alamos, Nouveau-Mexique, USA, donc la photo mentionnée ci-dessus pourrait représenter soit un meurtre, soit un accident, soit un suicide.
- La corde suggère une mise en scène. Donc la première la photo mentionnée pourrait être aussi une mise en scène.
- Cette photo a pu être prise par Graham Mitch dans les sables mouvants de Zihuatanejo, Mexique, le pays juste en dessus des USA.

Nicole est finalement partie !

Diane Yanire, from Montréal, Canada




My very first selfies, 1986. Kathy

A Skagway, Alaska avec the dancers Misti Mussatto et Alison.


The incredible Sharon Stanley in Mexico. Norman flash guns.



Vu mes capacités de plongeur (voir page 24), la compagnie de photos de croisières me demande de faire des portraits des passagers qui font du snorkel. Les gens photographiés achètent leurs portraits sous-marins, mais cela n'est pas rentable, car les "snorkelistes" sont trop peu nombreux par rapport à la totalité des passagers.


Cabin fever


Rachel in Jamaica

International singer Sharon Stanley Goldberg sur un arbre à Puerto Vallarta, Mexique.

Carlos Lopez in foreground, Sonia Herregods hanging.

Terri Russel on piano.

Terri is still using my photo in 2020!

Terri in June 2021i

Port animé de la côte ouest, en Colombie-Britannique, Vancouver fait partie des villes les plus densément peuplées et cosmopolites du Canada. Prisée pour les tournages de films, elle est entourée de montagnes, et accueille une scène artistique, théâtrale et musicale très vivante. La galerie d'Art de Vancouver est réputée pour ses œuvres d'artistes locaux, tandis que le musée d'Anthropologie expose des collections notables d'artefacts et d'œuvres d'art attribués aux Premières Nations.
La Colombie-Britannique, province la plus à l'ouest du Canada, est délimitée par le Pacifique et les chaînes montagneuses. Des sites naturels comme le parc des Glaciers offrent des sentiers pour la randonnée et le cyclisme, et des terrains de camping. Le domaine de Whistler Blackcomb est la station de ski qui a accueilli les Jeux olympiques d'hiver de 2010. L'autoroute qui relie Whistler à Vancouver offre un paysage incroyable. Vancouver est célèbre pour son industrie du cinéma et se situe à la frontière sud des États-Unis.




The T-shirt says: "Sleep with a photographer and watch things develop".

Christina in California

Halloween, of course. No we do not dress like this every day!
Me, Julia Pinney, photographer Brown, and friend.

Susan Schott, Playmate 1984.

Susan Schott, Playmate 1984.

With Alana Maudsley.


Without forgetting the indispensable flash metre.
Here in Yaté, in New Caledonia in 1993. You can’t see it here, but I am measuring my offset flash in incident light. Because the surface area of Yaté is about 1,356 km2 and completely deserted, and because I was alone with my model, I put my flash on top of my car. Then I used my camera’s self-timer instead of the flash to produce this making-of. Simple, right?
In Yaté, it is 50° C in the shade, and there is no shade. Any landscape more than 300 metres from the car is not very photogenic!

Kodachrome, a myth.


A clue : 2 men (Chris Cole and me), one women.

This was only to test my remote camera triggering and flash slave!
Sea, Sex and Sun and Money !.



Michelle Farelli

Fabuleuse Karen dans les Caraïbes : sur les plages désertes appartenant à NCL aux Bahamas Great Stirrup Cay et Little San Salvador, Jamaïque Ochos Rios Dunns River Falls et Couples Sans Souci Hotel, Grand Cayman, les îles Vierges américaines, etc...



Terri Hammer




1986: Jacqueline, magnificent. Assistants Eric Naras and Karel de Gendre. Published in 1993 in the magazine Penthouse.

Jacqueline, 27.12.87
Christian, J'ai vraiment été très heureuse de recevoir de tes nouvelles. Je voulais surtout te remercier pour ton invitation qui m'a fait très plaisir. J'espère que tout va toujours aussi bien pour toi, dans ta lettre tu avais l'air très satisfait de ton travail et de ta vie aux États-Unis.
Depuis que nous nous sommes vus j'ai fait plein de choses mais rien d'important. Les jours passent sans même que l'on s'en rende compte.
Mais j'ai décidé de partir moi aussi aux États-Unis afin d'y trouver une famille et d'y apprendre l'anglais. Être bilingue est très intéressant professionnellement.
Je voulais te demander s’il te serait possible de me dépanner durant les premiers jours de mon arrivée pour me loger, et surtout pour me donner quelques conseils. Je serai très heureuse de te revoir et de ne pas me retrouver seule dans ce pays inconnu pour moi.
Je pense partir au mois de janvier, j'ai déjà mon visa et prendrai mon billet dès que j'aurai tout organisé.
J'espère avoir bientôt de tes nouvelles, en attendant je t'embrasse, à bientôt Jacqueline.
PS : ma lettre n'est pas très longue mais c'est difficile de résumer sa vie en quelques lignes. J'ai oublié : plein de bonheur pour cette nouvelle année. J’espère que 88 t'apportera tout ce dont tu as envie. Bisous.

Jacqueline. L'embarquement.
Here is Jacqueline.

Je rends hommage ici à Jacqueline pour sa loyauté : En effet, après avoir montré mes photos du shoot "Eve" à Playboy France, ces cochons ont déclaré qu'ils allaient les publier et qu'il fallait les coordonnées du modèle. Je rentre chez moi et Sandra m'appelle pour me dire que PlayBoy venait de lui téléphoner pour faire un shoot avec leur propre photographe, un serpent et une pomme! Sandra les a envoyés sur les roses. Chapeau pour une fille de 18 ans, de choisir la loyauté à sa carrière !

J'ai revu Jacqueline en 2015. Elle est devenue une superbe femme d'affaire.

et en 2023

She was the artistique director in "Electra" for our exhibition in Chartre


Gina Rowcliff.

Gina Rowcliffe 2012: "Hi Christian! Hope you're well. I've got a photo of one of many you took of me outside the restaurant, do you remember? I will upload it now x"

The magic of Facebook.


First Officer Kathy Rathgeber, one of my dive buddies for ship underwater surveys.


No, I did not set the jungle on fire, it had already started when we got there.

Michèle Coulombe, from Miami.

Michèle West at Sans Souci Hotel, near Ocho Rios Jamaica, around 1984. As Andy Novis said: "So delicate, so feminine".

Michèle West.

Une mariée (modèle : Patricia Panizzi) sur le ClubMed II

A message from Patricia Panizzi: “Dear Christian, I came across your cruise ship album and it was really you! How have you been all this time? THANK YOU so much, again, for those beautiful photos that you took of me in the wedding dress on the ClubMed II bridge during the Le Havre-Nouméa crossing!!! I see you’ve made quite a career for yourself in Paris. As for myself, I’ve been living in Italy for 17 years and I work for an Italian NGO called The International Institute or Humanitarian Law www.iihl.org. I’m actually their photographer! I love photography. The work is amazing, you meet people from all over the world, from Afghanistan, Mongolia, Lesotho, etc… I’d love to catch up with you. Love, Patricia”



Ma cabine sur le S/S Rhapsody avec Lorie. Non pas de SM, juste la soirée Haloween. Notez mes photos aux murs, OK, elles se voient bien.

With Lorie.
Swimming across a lake surrounded by ice in Alaska.
The result of a dare between Lorie and me. This magnificent lake appeared to us along a long hike we made from Juneau. We put our clothes on the shore to keep them dry, then we swam across the lake, then we ran (among other things) on the snow to warm up. An immaculate and deserted lake, ice all around, and a beautiful girl. An unforgettable moment.
Thank you Lorie.


Claudia and the Banyan tree in Miami.


Hommage à Laura Lang.
Environ 1987 à Puerto Vallarta, Mexique. Merci aussi à Joe et Alana pour la photo de making of et à Andrew Bruce pour l'assistanat.

LAURA LANG in 2015: "I sent the sepia hammock shot to my Mum and she just loved it. I also sent the ones with Joe to him and I'm sure he'll love them too. Thanks again, Christian! If you run into anymore in your archives as you go along, please feel free to forward them! :o) All the best."


I may not be perfect, but parts of me are excellent

Sylvie Lecointe





Kay White, fan de mes publications plongée.


Cozumel, mexique. Girls, cameras! Des filles, des appareils photo !

Les filles de la gift shop : Sylvie, Andrea, Catherine, Marie Claude, etc ....

Photographers: the only people who don't get arrested for flashing and exposing in public.




With Nicole Bordes at Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska
Fax to Frédérique et Charlus, 5 villa des Pyrénées 75020 Paris France Tax 011 33 1 44 93 03 92
From Nicole Bordes, 2537D pacific Coast Hwy, suite 444, Torrance CA 90505 USA Tel/fax : 1 310-375 8229
October 26, 1992.
My encounter with Christian almost didn’t happen. In June 1988 I booked a November cruise to Mexico. The cruise was organized by a hairdresser friend from Albuquerque for his birthday, and he asked me to come along. As I had never been to Mexico nor on a cruise, for me it was as enchanting as the S/S France. I accepted almost without thinking, but as time passed I started to have some doubts.
At the end of October I telephoned to ask the Cancellation Policy. If I didn’t go, I would only get back 25% of the price I’d paid. So I did end up going, and I arrived in Los Angeles with another twenty excited newly-declared Mexicans on Saturday November 2nd.
I’ll spare you my first impressions, but when I saw the boat and the programme I thought, “This is going to be the longest week of my life”. I didn’t meet Christian until Sunday night at the formal evening. The custom goes that the day after setting off the Captain shakes hands with every passenger before dinner. As there are quite a few passengers, they line up, and the onboard photographers jump on the chance to shoot anything that moves with their cameras, machinegun style, and take some portraits.
I was waiting in line and Christian appears, a showman in his element, trying to get me to agree to a photo with the usual arguments, all in English. After a moment of thought, saying nothing, I went over and plopped myself down on the stool. He took the photo, then asked if I was French. I was surprised: I hadn’t even opened my mouth! I said yes and he introduced himself. How did he know I was French? I don’t really know, he explains, it has to do with how I pose for the camera, timid and awkward. That was that, we spent the week together and promised each other to meet up again. Christian came to visit me for a week in Los Alamos in December. We went to Hawaii in February. I came on a couple cruises as a guest. Probably the craziest thing I’ve done for another person: one or two times a month, I got up at 4 a.m., drove two hours to Albuquerque, took a plane to Los Angeles, rented a car upon landing and rushed to San Pedro where the boat was docked. Christian got off at around 10 a.m., we spent the day together until 4 p.m., when he was supposed to go back onboard, I caught my return flight at 5 p.m. and I got home around 11 p.m. I kept this up until January 1980. The contract in Los Alamos was up. I wanted to do something else, to be with Christian, and I decided to take a year off. The photography company Christian worked for agreed to hire me, and I learned the ropes quickly enough.
It wasn’t always easy but I was with Christian! After a year onboard, I looked for a job as a scientist but with the Golf War and the lackluster economic situation, I came up short and so I rejoined Christian aboard the Ocean Pearl, while continuing to send my resumé everywhere. Today I’m still looking for a research position but I have no regrets about that decision I took in 1990.
Christian has a taste for adventure, he is interested in everything. You only have to glance at his souvenir albums to appreciate the diversity of his life: skydiving, glacier climbing, scuba diving, sailing, rafting, and above all his passion for photography. Wherever he goes, there’s a camera close at hand. In photography, everything interests him: glamour, fashion, landscapes, people, underwater photography, sports.
He refuses to confine himself to a single style and brings his own creativity to every subject.
The job as a cruise ship photographer allowed us to travel to fascinating exotic places, to try new and exciting things: one day exploring a coral-covered shipwreck, another playing badminton in disguise with two artist friends in the streets of Shanghai, or walking among the people living in Djakarta’s slums.
Life at Christian’s side is a varied and different life. Among the future projects bouncing around in his head, without any promise they’ll be brought to fruition, and in complete disorder: a photography studio, publish his photos, a sailing excursion, scuba-diving in the Bahamas, diving and hiking in Australia, dives in Micronesia, and of course, lots and lots of photos.

The image of LOVE, with Nicole Bordes.

Compter les mains

Barrie Moss and Mary D'Angelo.

Dede Tabor.

The S/S Norway photographers and Mary d'Angelo


Julie in Death Valley, California, my favorite studio.


Marie, the ship's masseuse, a very beautiful women.
Joséphine in Martinique and Haïti

Hello Christian,
I’m writing you this little message from Tunisia where I am on vacation with my family. I had only been back in Switzerland for less than two weeks before I was out the door again, but this time only for ten days. I found myself a sort of internship in Switzerland for a year. I start on September 5th.
Nathalie is here too, she brought the slides you had sent her. Such a pleasure to see them, thank you so much. I’d love to know what you thought of them and see the others. I guess you won’t have had time yet to develop all of them. If you do get a chance to send some of them I’d really appreciate it.
I hope all is well with you, and to hear from you soon. Hugs, Gwendoline.
In case you’ve misplace it, here’s my address: Gwendoline Henry, … Switzerland…

Hello Christian
Greetings from the Azores! Yes, I’m currently on my way back to Europe via the maritime routes. I’m glad to have had this experience. It took us 28 days to get to the Azores, now we just have to get back to France.
After, I’ll be heading back to Switzerland for a year on internship. How about you, how have you been since Martinique? I didn’t see you leave, I hope you’re not mad at me for some reason.
Whatever the case I’ll always cherish my memories of Haïti, I hope the feeling’s mutual. Please if you do get a chance send over some photos, I’d love to see them, and write to me in Switzerland of course.

26 December 1987
First, I’m really sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I was thrilled to get your letter but these past few months have been impossibly busy. So many things to do and most of all a quarterly review. As you’ve guessed I’m working on getting my junior secondary school diploma, which means that I’ve tons of work to do. But as they say “you get what you give” and I have excellent results.
I’ve sometimes wondered if you’d forgotten about me, so your letter really made me happy. I would have loved to go on a cruise with you, thank you for inviting me, it would have been a superb adventure for me, but you can’t do everything. I hope that your invitation still stands so that one day I can finally take you up on it and escape.
Your brochure is great, the graphics and layout are well done, and of course your photos are excellent, as usual.
As for me I have continued in photography, for the past little while I’ve been working on an ad for a Longine wristwatch. I know you asked how Nathalie is doing but I haven’t heard from her in some time, as you know I’ve been too busy to write.
Well, with these words I’ll leave it to you. I hope you’ll be able to come visit soon. Maybe you’ll be passing through Switzerland one day, who knows? I’ll do my best to come your way, too. Big hugs, Gwendoline.

No worries, I am very secure about my manhood.

Yes, the T-shirts are very sexy indeed


1986: Jacqueline, magnificent. Assistants Eric Naras and Karel de Gendre. In a shop at Puces de Saint Ouen. Published in 1993 in the magazine Penthouse.

Jacqueline, 27/12/87
Christian, I was so pleased to hear from you. I want to thank you for your invitation. I hope everything is still going well for you, in your last letter you seemed very content with your work and your life in the States.
Since the last time we saw each other I’ve done many things but nothing very important. Days fly by without our realizing.
But I’ve decided to go to the States too, to find a family and learn English. Being bilingual is very useful professionally.
I wanted to know if there’s any chance I could come stay with you during my first few days, I’d like your help getting on my feet over there. It would be a real treat to see you again and I’d rather not be alone in a strange country.
I’m planning on going in January, I already have my visa and I’ll buy my ticket as soon as I’ve got it all planned out.
I hope to hear from you soon. Hugs, Jacqueline.
PS: My letter isn’t very long but it’s hard to summarize my life in a few lines. I forgot: Best wishes in the new year! I hope that 88 will bring you all that you desire. Cheers!

Here I pay tribute to Jacqueline’s loyalty : As a matter of fact, after I had shown the results of my "Eve" photoshoot to Playboy France, the bastards claimed they were going to publish them and that they needed the model’s contact information. When I got home Jacqueline called me to tell me that Playboy had just called her to offer her a photoshoot with their own photographer, a snake, and an apple! Of course Jacqueline sent them packing. Kudos to an 18-year-old girl, choosing to be loyal in her career!

I saw Jacqueline again in 2015. She has become an impressive businesswoman.

and in 2023

She was the artistique director in "Electra"

Au Salon de l'érotisme à Chartres en mars 2023

Michelle Farelly

A photographer, Mike Gould I believe, had modified our storage space onboard M.S. Skyward into a secret bed, hidden behind fake photo paper boxes.
Photographers must often share cabins, so this a great idea
Thanks Mike. Thanks Linda who allowed to show here its use.

Those were the days.

A deserted clean sunny beach, a pretty girl, swimming naked, wonderful.
Before criticizing me, try it.

Je pense qu'il est bon de flirter quand on jeûne, et de ne pas se marier inconsciemment frustré, pour finir par tromper son conjoint plus tard. C'est ce que j'ai fait (flirter, pas tromper). Voir pages 34 et 66.

Bon, pas frustré sexuellement, peut-être juste un peu frustré de ne pas être reconnu comme très grand photographe.

Cavanna, l'anti-faux-cul par excellence

J'illustre son livre "l'œil du lapin"

John Lennon, le pacifiste, et Yoko Ono.

John Lennon, le pacifiste, et Yoko Ono.
La photo de droite a été prise matin de la mort de John Lennon par Annie Leibovitz.
J'ai eu le privilège de voir l'original de cette photo lors le 04 dec 2021 mors de l'exposition d'Annie Leibovitz à L'Académie des Beaux-Arts.

Bon, à l'instar de deux de mes héros, je me lance aussi, en plus jouissif.

Dudley Moore, playing a drunk millionnaire in the great movie "Arthur" said:
"Isn't fun the best thing to have? Don't you wish you were me?"

Mary and Jenny in Cozumel, Mexico

Dalaï-Lama: "You love sex, but condemn women who love it. You love porn, but condemn the actresses who make it. You follow the profiles of naked women, but think they don't deserve respect. You are a hypocrite."

Here are about 620 examples of my photographic event coverage since 1984, that is to say, 30 years. This is without counting those which my clients have requested that I do not show and photos that have been lost.

I know it's enormous.
No, I am not a photographic robot: my mother had me tested

This list begins with the compilations: Fashion & Models, Lingerie, Beauty, Makeup & Hair, Portraits, Events, Objects, Archi & Deco, Industry, Press, Celebrities, etc.

The sensors and web capabilities from 1995 to 2005 were horrible compared to now (2021). 40 KB max by images. My uploads at this time were therefore bad. I replace them little by little. It's long. Thank you for your indulgence.

Conclusion 1: I must not be bad, so that all these people trust me.
I have loyal customers, a sign that they are satisfied with my services. Examples: Tollens, MEDEF, Dior, GMF, Unesco, L'oréal, Anaé, Agefiph, Essilor, Genzyme, Embassy Ireland, The Advertisers Club, Garmin, VW, etc. ...

Conclusion 2: Thanks to all these varied clients (industry, wedding, corporate and personal portraits, press, events, objects, medical, culinary, diving, sports, pageants, etc. ..), I see extraordinary slices of life, confidential or public, trades and fabulous countries. I do feel very privileged. Real life, live. Thank you customers.

In rough estimation, I take 5,000 photos a week. 5,000 x 52 = 260,000 a year. For 35 years = 9,100,000 photos. Well, I would like to reach 10 million anyway!

Conclusion 3: Photography is my language

There is also a search command, not always up to date, but pretty comprehensive on all my reportages.

Due to manipulations between prisedevue.photos, prisedevue.photos and famousphotographer.com, some links may be broken. Sorry. I'm working on it !



Not many photographers have the courage to show their photos on a daily basis. I do it to show that in a wide range of photography, I always take good photos for my clients. Technical perfection and an obvious sensitivity. If you imagine the logistic necessary for these missions (estimates, preparations, equipment, transports in traffic jams, safety, etc.), you can see that I am a photographer who achieves results in all circumstances.

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