My real name is Thinh Souvannarath but I’m known as ‘Little Shao’ which is actually my nickname as a breakdancer. I'm 33-years-old and live in France. I've spent all my childhood in the worst suburbs of Paris but that's where I discovered the hip-hop culture.
I started B-boying and getting into hip-hop when I was 14-years-old in 1997 and this passion brought me to photography later in 2004 because I wanted to show to the world my vision of this culture. The main reason was that I couldn't find any pictures that represented what I saw. I wanted to show my parents and everyone else how beautiful this culture was and how gifted we were because at the beginning no one really respected us.
Using community platforms and social media was my way to share my work and reach a mainstream audience, which had no clue about what this culture was about. Before long, artists and events from all around the world started to ask me to work with them.
From a passion it turned into a full time job in 2012 when I decided to quit my job as a business analyst in a bank. Today I work as a freelance photographer and have the chance to travel the world doing what I love, meeting artists around the world, working with huge brands and big companies and having new projects everyday.
I still can't believe it but I would say that my B-boy mentality got me where I am today.