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.
“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.