We are ΦΩS-Athens: Raul Touzon  (Judges)

-I wanted to travel to remote the corners of the planet!

Why did you want to become a photographer?

I wanted adventure; I wanted to travel to remote the corners of the planet. I wanted to explore other cultures. I wanted to create and I really wanted National Geographic. 

What is your inspiration?

I find inspiration in people and culture. In the diaspora of humans, their existence and complexities of their environment. I love long-term projects, investigations and building deep connections with my subjects both individuals and nature

How important and difficult is it for a photographer to “connect” with his subjects to bring out their true self, especially when his subject is Mother Earth?

Mother Earth is easy, especially nature, the moment you understand she rules, you will be ok. I have a deep connection with our planet. We understand each other very well. I follow the seasons and the weathers whims and all is ok. With people is a little more complex, but I have learned that honesty always works. You have to be interested in your subject; you need to work on a connection, not a two second one, but a lifetime one.

How can someone become a good photographer? Let us have some tips.

The three “P” Patience, Passion and Perseverance 

You have to be passionate about what you do, especially on today’s world. Without passion there is nothing. Patience, to wait, to endure, to understand, especially with nature. And perseverance, never give up, try over and over again.

-Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.  This is a famous quote of Ansel Adams. What is yours?

“The Eternity of the Moment”. How everything that evolves in front of us is unique and will never repeat it self. It is my responsibility to have the vision to capture and preserve that moment


Short Bio

Documentary and Natural History Photographer who specializes in making images that convey what he refers as to  “THE ETERNITY OF THE MOMENT.” Raul has traveled extensively, from latitude 79° N to 79° S, documenting the seldom-visited corners of the planet. Among his expeditions are the Northwest Passage, Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic, the Sea of Okhotsk, the Ross Sea in Antarctica and the fjords of eastern Greenland. 


He has built a collection of dramatic photographs that have been featured in many publications including: TIME, U.S. News, The New York Times and the National Geographic Magazine, where he has published four feature stories. In recent years, Raul has focused on visual-storytelling, documenting the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico, Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala and the ever-changing Habana, Cuba. Most recently, his work is being featured at The National Geographic Fine Art Galleries opening all over the United States - www.touzonphoto.com