Livestreamers : Geishas of the Internet

In Asia, some hyper-connected young people earn money by making lonely fans believe in a potential friendship or love.
The best of them can make 500 000 euros a month…and even have their own private island…

jerome gence

Beijing, China, in one of the studios of Redu Media agency. Portrait of Manshi, 24 years old, livestreamer. Fans can only see the livestreamer through the webcam. On their side, the livestreamers can never see the fans’ faces. To communicate with fans, livestreamers can talk or write them live by instant messaging. Charm is a required skill for a livestreamer to attract lonely people…and make sure they buy and send as many virtual stickers as possible. China – 2017 © Jerome Gence

Portrait of Aunshi enjoying a moment of rest in her house. On her knees one of her sons falls asleep. The days are very long for the women of the Himalayas. Their life alternates between working in the fields and taking care of their family.
Nepal, The Himalayas 2015 – © Jérôme Gence



First photographs. They are about the life of the Himalayan people who I met along my way in remote places of Bhutan, Nepal or China. In 2016, I was invited by Yann Arthus Bertrand  to exhibit the photos in his gallery in Paris



Photographs from Niger beside a photo report and a photography workshop in partnership with UNICEF Niger.

Jerome Gence

A young boy playing in the river Niger by fighting the tide helped by a rope.
Niger 2016 – © Jerome Gence