, the photo archives website of Frederic Neema


Liberia 1990
Transmitting pictures via satelitte
Liberia 1990
With Nelson Mandela


Frédéric Neema is a professional photographer with an international experience based in the San Francisco Bay Area . He travelled to over 40 countries on assignment for editorial and corporate clients photographying a wide variety of subjects including wars, major disasters, world events, industrial installations, celebrities, CEOs and more.

During his career, he met and photographed a large number of famous people such as Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Pierre Cardin, Prince Charles of England, Princess Diana, Placido Domingo and even some dictators such as Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and Omar Bashir of Sudan.

His images have been published in thousands of magazines, newspapers, books, brochures and annual reports around the globe. His work is represented by major photo agencies around the world. Some of his pictures are in the Smithsonian collections.

Frédéric's career started in Paris in 1983. He was a student, majoring in Animal Biology with an interest in photography. The interest became a passion after Frédéric viewed a movie, "Circle of Deceit" by German director Volker Schlondorff, about a war photographer. He was convinced that he had found his passion and a few months later, he joined a photo agency.

Two years later, after covering national news in France, he was in Lebanon covering the war as a staff photographer for Reuters News Agency. From 1985-1991, Frédéric covered all the major stories and conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He traveled extensively, creating images that were published in most newspapers and magazine around the globe.

After seven years of covering conflicts and traveling continuously, Frédéric became interested in working from one home base. He shifted gears and decided to focus his talents and experience on other markets.

In 1992 Frédéric joined Sygma (the world's largest magazine photo agency at that time) and continued to see his images in international magazines. During this time, Frédéric opened a photo studio servicing a large clientele of advertising and corporate clients. Saatchi & Saatchi, Exxon, and General Motors were some of the accounts that came to rely on Frédéric to create images that captured the spontaneity of the moment or spoke to the essence of an individual.

In 1998, Frédéric moved to the U.S. Currently working out of San Francisco, Frédéric continues to shoot photographs for the advertising, corporate and editorial markets. His experience as a photojournalist enables him to capture the moment in the life of a factory line worker or a CEO of a major corporation.

Frédéric's commitment to creating high impact imagery that has lasting value, has been an asset to the many companies, agencies and graphic design firms that have asked him to create visuals that tell their story.

He works out of his studio is in San Rafael, close to San Francisco, and continues to travel for his clients



Frédéric is a member of the following profesional associations

American Photographic Artists American Society of Media Photographers Editorial Photographers National Press Photographers Association San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association