Monday, 28 December 2015

Illuminating The History Of West African Portrait Photography

image credit The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Discussions of West African portrait photography tend to gravitate towards the 1960s and '70s, the era of such well-known artists as Seydou Keïta, Malick Sidibé, and Samuel Fosso.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa, which draws its 80 works solely from the Met's collection, fleshes out a longer and more varied history of West African photo portraiture, including amateur and popular commercial practices that acted as precursors to the more acclaimed works of later decades.

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