Francis Vachon Photographe

October 31, 2007

Finbarr O’Reilly on covering Afghanistan

Reuter Staff photographer describes a close combat with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan

As a photographer embedded with the Canadians, I was hit by the blast and then enveloped by a cloud of dust and smoke as we scrambled for cover behind a mud wall shielding us from Taliban positions on the opposite side of a grape field.

Canadian and Afghan troops quickly returned fire and I focussed on taking pictures of an Afghan army soldier shooting a heavy mounted machine gun from a nearby ditch.


People often ask whether it’s worth the risk taking combat pictures. It’s only worth it if you don’t get hurt or worse. The second something bad happens, the gamble is lost.

The last picture, featuring O’Reilly himself, made my day.

October 28, 2007

Chatting on a Canon

Discussion sur un canonFriends chat on a canon on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City

October 27, 2007

QMJHL: Quebec Remparts 4, Rouyn-Norenda Huskies 1

Huskies de Rouyn-Norenda - 14 - Pierre-Luc ChampagneRouyn-Norenda Huskies’ Pierre-Luc Champagne and Quebec Remparts’ Darick Ste-Marie battle for the puck in QMJHL action at Le Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City Friday October 26, 2007. Quebec The Remparts won 4 to 1.

Remparts de Quebec - 05 Joey RyanRouyn-Norenda Huskies’ Guillaume Lepine and Quebec Remparts’ Darick Joey Ryan get physical in QMJHL action at Le Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City Friday October 26, 2007. Quebec The Remparts won 4 to 1

Lucian ButeNew IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute waves to the crowd as he is presented before the game.

October 17, 2007

5 days away

I’m more or less done packing my stuff. Tomorrow morning, I leave for Toronto. Friday and Sunday is the Great White North Workshop. Then, I’m coming back but on my way to Quebec City, I’ll stop in Montreal. Sunday and Monday, I have an assignment for two Swiss newspapers, the Lausane 24 Heures and La Tribune de Genève. More on that as soon as the pictures are published.

October 16, 2007

Canadian Geographic

I guess they decided to use my picture at the last minute, because I just receive the copy of the Canadian Geographic with my stock photo in it. So here is the photo of my humbling experience.

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