Francois-Marie Banier was born in 1947 in Paris. A novelist and playwright, Banier has also been taking photographs of public figures and anonymous people in the street since the 1970s. In 1991 the Centre Pompidou in Paris was the first to display his photography; exhibitions followed in Europe, Asia and America. The Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris presented a retrospective in 2003, exhibiting Banier's written and painted photographs for the first time. His books published by Steidl include Perdre la tete (2006), Beckett (2009), Never stop dancing (2016) and Dreamers (2019). Born in 1962 in Kabul, Atiq Rahimi is an Afghan-French writer and film director. His first film Terre et Cendres (2004) received the Prix du Regard vers l'Avenir at the Cannes Film Festival, and his novel Syngue sabour. Pierre de patience (2008) was awarded the Prix Goncourt for French literature.