What skills does someone need to be a good photojournalist?
"For me, it's about being curious, respectful and open-minded, but above all having a love of telling stories. Being able to work in many different social settings is more important than being technically talented."
How do you deal with traumatic situations?
"I go in as a journalist and focus on what story is important to tell. For me, it's harder to sit at home and read about what's going on than to be there myself."
How do you balance the demand to 'get the shot' with being more experimental?
"Knowing when to turn the camera the other way and do something different comes with experience. I've had the privilege of working with a newspaper that has allowed me to fail sometimes, which is important."
You need to react quickly and instinctively in your work. How many cameras and lenses do you usually carry?
"Since I need to be mobile, I keep everything in one backpack. You will typically find one camera, such as the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens, or an EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 lens, memory cards, food and drink, and maybe a small tripod and a sound recorder if I'm going to film."
How do you identify the pictures with most potential when you return from an assignment?
"I usually do all my selection myself. Most often, I already know when I take the picture if it's something I'm going to use. Sometimes when I do assignments, like for National Geographic, they want to see all RAW files and be part of the selection process."