Frederic de Woelmont, born in 1968, is a self-taught Belgian photographer. He lives between Belgium and Africa, where he stayed in various countries, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire.
At the crossroads between documentary work, including an ethnographic dimension, and a resolutely formal aesthetic approach, Frederic de Woelmont’s photography is above all centered on the experience of the human encounter. His work is the fruit of long periods of immersion with the persons photographed, and favors privileged moments of complicity with the subject as well as the spontaneity of the image over the search for a well-structured discourse. The empathy for people and communities that underpins the approach is visible in the final results: a body of insightful images of people and tableaux of life rendering delicate, understated emotions.
Three main threads underpin the work of Frederic de Woelmont: humans, their values, culture and traditions, and the natural environment where those values and culture can still grow; away from a world ruled by mass consumerism, away from the monoculture of mass civilization humanity has started to produce. The human is at the heart of his images, be it with the Afar people in the Horn of Africa, with a fishermen community in Yoff - a suburb of Dakar - or the inhabitants of Guiglo, a town in the West of Ivory Coast.