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Fabien Montique’s Dreamlike Portrait of Senegal

The Paris-based photographer opens up about the making of his new photo series, the spirit of Senegal and reconnecting with the joys of childhood.

Photographer: Fabien Montique Writer: Orla Brennan
Photographer: Fabien Montique

It’s 11 o'clock on a Monday morning, and Fabien Montique hasn’t slept. “I'm very tired right now,” he says with an exhausted laugh over Zoom from his Paris apartment. The Barbados-born photographer has been up all night editing images for a brand campaign. No stranger to sleep deprivation, Montique is as wildly creative as he is unreservedly hard-working. Whether creating visuals for music artists like Pusha T and 2 Chainz or storied fashion houses like Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, his work never fails to be intriguingly beautiful—often cleverly playing with the boundaries of fantasy and reality, and always engaging with the act of “play” itself. “You have days when you're tired, but I'm happy to be in the position that I’m in,’” he says. “Being able to create is such a luxury. I have an idea and then I shoot it. That’s so powerful.”