Though Noemie Goudal has been taking pictures since she was 12, starting in her grandmother’s garden where she snapped her sisters in costumes of her choosing, it was only six months ago that her whole-hearted devotion to the medium fully dawned on her. 'I realized that my graphic design final year portfolio was only made with photographs,' she says.

And it seems that despite her official degree, others were taking note of her talents behind a camera too; as well as winning the D&AD Student of the Year Award in 2006, she was also awarded a merit in the Fujifilm competition.

Goudal’s overriding motivation is to capture the story of her subject, which explains why she likes to work with writers so much: 'I have to know about the people I photograph, to interview them, to record them.' One recent fascinating collaborative project focused on unusual phobias – from a fear of eggs to a horror of the colour white – while, currently she is compiling stories from 100 women about their fears, fantasies, obsessions and dreams.

Would most like to work with:
'I would love to work on a sound/photography project with the 'enchanted' singer Joanna Newsom - to invent a story with her and represent it in two dimensions as a visual song or a series of sung photographs.'


Central St Martins, London