Hans Silvester and the pigeons
Report from Provence, at the home of photographer Hans Silvester, who is a pigeon enthusiast that both raises and photographs them.
Hans Silvester was born in Germany in 1938. At 14 years old, he took his first photographs using a camera given to him by his parents.
From 1955, having graduated from the Fribourg school, he crossed Europe and took a liking to reporting with a focus on animal and nature discoveries. Particularly impressed by Provence, he moved there in 1962 and came back there from time to time between his many trips around the world: South America, Central America, America, Japan, Portugal, Egypt, Tunisia, Hungary, Italy, Spain.
In 1965, he joined the Rapho agency. Cats, dogs, pigeons, Camargue horses were the subject of his publications but he didn't define himself as an animal photographer as such. He preferred to call himself a "nature photographer" and became in 1980 quite a militant ecologist. He also presented work on the national parks of Europe, and Amazonian deforestation. In 2006, after having observed them for many years, he published a work on the Ethiopian Omo valley people.