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Posted: August 8th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: fashion, photography | 1 Comment »

Screen shot of Jean Depara’s images from the Fifty One Fine Art Photography website

Jean Depara: Angola-born photographer who documented la dolce vita in Kinshasa in the 50’s and 60’s; he was also Franco’s official photographer.

Screen shot of Samuel Fosso’s series “African Spirits” at the Jean Marc Patras Galerie website

Samuel Fosso: African Spirits. Samuel Fosso started out taking pictures of himself to send back to his mother in Nigeria. His self-portraits have since evolved into increasingly complex character studies of archetypes in society (male and female). Not sure why Fosso does not have the same level of recognition as Cindy Sherman, that other chameleon-like self-portraitist.

Screen shot of Okhai Ojeikere’s images from the Fifty One Fine Art Photography website

J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles. Ojeikere has documented, Becher-like, about 1000 different hairstyles worn by the women of Nigeria. [via Conscientious]

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  1. 1 Crowning Glory - Part Deux - contemporary African hair « said at 8:38 AM on September 12th, 2008:

    […] There is a vast amount of discourse around hair of African ancestry – from its artistic attributes (see beautiful images by JD Okhai Ojeikere; inset by Samuel Fosso) (double hat tip Kamau), to its role in shaping identity, to the rights and wrongs of wearing it natural or chemically processed, but to cite a few. A powerful element of self-expression from the choice of hairstyle that cannot be evaded is that hair may be used as a means to convey a political message. The legendary 1960s Civil Rights / Black Consciousness Movement that emanated from the USA was inexorably linked to the grand and perpetually fashionable afro. African men and women in my parents’ generation wore afros – some to express their fashion sense and others to express the feeling of pride in newly decolonised lands. As a child, I clearly remember the black power fist plastic afro combs that were ubiquitous in Kenya, although at the time I didn’t appreciate the statement they made. […]