Portrait of Minh Man Nguyen by Ophelia Door Architect, co-founder of the FabLab WOMA in Paris & Head of "Additive Manufacturing and Robotic Fabrication" in Design by Data Advanced Master
Portrait of Minh Man Nguyen by Ophelia Door Architect, co-founder of the FabLab WOMA in Paris & Head of “Additive Manufacturing and Robotic Fabrication” in Design by Data Advanced Master

Ophelia Noor is a freelance photographer working on digital cultures since 2010, with a focus on hackers & makers communities. She’s also co-author of the book « FabLabs, etc. The new digital fabrication spaces » published in 2015 by Eyrolles. Ophelia co-founded the popular D.I.Y fairs « Open Bidouille Camps » and worked for the digital culture and data-journalism magazine OWNI.FR as a photo reporter & editor. It led her to meet digital pioneers in the makers/hackers & FabLabs movements.

Heloisa Neves, Executive Director of the Fab Lab Brazil Network and founder of WeFab
Heloisa Neves – Executive Director of the Fab Lab Brazil Network and founder of WeFab
Sénamé Koffi, FabManager of the WoELab in Togo
Sénamé Koffi – FabManager of the WoELab in Togo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emmanuel Gilloz Designer, inventor of the Foldarap 3D printer, co-founder of the NYBICC FabLab in Nancy, and CEO of OpenEdge
Emmanuel Gilloz – Designer, inventor of the Foldarap 3D printer, co-founder of the NYBICC FabLab in Nancy, and CEO of OpenEdge
Emmanuelle Roux Co-founder of three FabLabs in France : Zbis, Le FacLab and La Forge des possibles
Emmanuelle Roux – Co-founder of three FabLabs in France : Zbis, Le FacLab and La Forge des possibles

What drives me is the power of communities where each and everyone of us are able to contribute to change the world. It is especially true with the maker scene and the FabLab movement. The collective intelligence at work, both on a local and global level, is inspiring many to change the way things are : how we work, make, learn or how our cities could work. I like capturing these moments with my camera, the transmission of knowledge, that specific gesture between humans or between humans and machines. Or merely a portrait : makers from all over the world, men and women alike, tinkerers and/or thinkers. Who are they ? Why do they do what they do ? What is their ideal, if they have one ? I always have in mind what our future holds and how fast technology changes when I take pictures : how the makers of today will be as different as the makers of tomorrow. Think of the first personal computers at the beginning of the 80s. That photo of these guys in their garage in Menlo Park, mastering computers and code, making them their own. A movement that gave birth to the free software and open source movements but also to tech empires like Apple. Nowadays, the garages are everywhere, they are called FabLabs, Makerspaces, Hackerspaces… Beyond the technology and its political and social issues, this is a human adventure worth documenting says the photographer.

Discover her work

Le Petit FabLab de Paris
Le Petit FabLab de Paris
Le FacLab UCP de Gennevilliers Le FacLab, FabLab de l'Université de Cergy-Pontoise est installé dans l'antenne de Gennevilliers en banlieue parisienne
Le FacLab UCP de Gennevilliers – Le FacLab, FabLab de l’Université de Cergy-Pontoise est installé dans l’antenne de Gennevilliers en banlieue parisienne

 

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