Thierry Boccon-Gibod was born on 27 March 1948 in Paris, France. He is a freelance photographer working on features stories and adventures, such as Steve Fossett's and Richard Branson's life and exploits, who choose him as their fellow photographer. He received assignments from Paris Match, VSD, GEO, National Geographic, Hello, Bunte, Figaro Magazine etc. He served as corporate photographer for the Orchestre de Paris. In the period 1970-1972 he was a dance specialist photographer covering Béjart's creation in Paris (Stravinsky's L'Oiseau de Feu - Le Sacre du Printemps - Les Noces and Nijinsky, Clown de Dieu). He also followed Joseph Russillo's company. In the period 1974-1984 he joined Sipa Press as a staff photographer to cover news stories on assignment for Newsweek, Time, Paris Match, Bunte, Oggi, Stern, etc. He became official Vatican Press photographer for the Pope's foreign trips, as well as member of French Presidential Press covering the Royal Family in UK, feature stories in Eastern Block and Asia, the fall of Dictator Franco in Spain, the coronation of Bokassa in Central Africa, Carlos OPEC minister's hijack in Vienna, Crisis in Poland with Walesa, USSR invasion in Afghanistan, and the Lebanon crisis in 1982. In the period 1984-1985 he was recruited by Howard Chapnick from Blackstar NY to create an office in Paris with Jim Nachtwey, Tony Suau, Reza, Setboun, Laski, Manoocher. He worked on news stories and ambitious features. In the period 1987-1993 he was staff photographer of Sipa Press photo agency, covering international news and features stories (1 st Gulf War, French Navy exclusive features, French Nobel prize exclusive stories, French singer Michel Berger personal photographer). He was in charge of Sipa Press team on the ground during the Bucharest Rumanian revolution, the 1 st Gulf War, and the Olympic Games in Moscow and Albertville. In the period 1986-1987 he joined Keystone photo agency in Paris on request of AFP's Management with a group of friends (Reza, Laski, Manoocher). Thierry Boccon-Gibod published the book entitled "Maurice Béjart - Igor Stravinsky" (Editions Corps 1972).