He was born in Zurich Switzerland in Jan 1st, 1975. He moved to France and then grew up in New York City. He loved to travel from a very early age. His love for his hometown fueled his passion for these photos and inspired him to shoot NYC in the way he did.
He began his career at the age of 15 as a photojournalist. He studied at the Dalton school (a private school on the upper east side in Manhattan). Then he got his journalism degree from the Medill school of journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago. He did an internship with the Los Angeles Times and with Reuters
He has taken photos for National geographic, Vanity Fair, New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Life, and Sports Illustrated. He was first national contracted photographer for NY times in 2006.
He has made commercials for companies like Nike, Apple, CNN, Canon, and General Electric. He acts as a consultant to companies such as Apple, Adobe, Canon Bogen, Lexar, and X-Rite. Commercial films have won him 3 awards Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in 2010. His work has been shown on CNN and Good Morning America.
In 2008, Laforet directed "Reverie", the first widely available short film shot with the Canon 5D Mark II camera DSLR. In 2011, he was chosen by Canon to be one of the first 4 filmmakers to shoot with their first cinema camera, the Canon C300, and he directed the film "Mobius" which premiered at Paramount Studios.
He, in part, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for post- 9/11 coverage in Pakistan and Afganistan. He captured "the pain and the perseverance of people enduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan."
He has been recognized by the following: "100 Most Influential People in Photography" by American Photo magazine in 2005, "30 photographers to watch under 30" by PDN in 2002, the SPD Magazine Cover of the Year, the World Press Photo Awards, the Pictures of the Year Competition, the Overseas Press Club, the National Headliners Awards, and the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.
He speaks at many media conventions and shares his talent and eye with the people to whom he speaks.
He was a professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, the International Center of Photography, and the Poytner institute.
He specializes in the tilt shift and aerial view photography.
His aerial view photos are considered revolutionary and innovative. He sets out to create shots that have never been created before.
He shot his photos of New York City by taking pictures from a helicopter 2300 meters in the sky. He has photographed NYC, Las Vegas, Barcelona, and Sydney in ways like this.
He has two books: AIR and VISUAL STORIES. These discuss Laforet's approach to photography.
He currently lives in Manhattan Beach, California and NYC. He is married to his wife, Amber and they have two children: Noah and Eliana.
He speaks four languages: Russian, Spanish, French, and English. His work is displayed in galleries internationally