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africa.photography: (not so) random goodness edition

Posted: May 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: fashion, globalization, photography, politics, race | Comments Off

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Screenshot from Jim Naughten’s portfolio site © J. Naughten

Jim Naughten: Hereros

Each image, a portrait of Herero tribe members of Namibia, reveals a material culture that harkens the region’s tumultuous past: residents wear Victorian era dresses and paramilitary costume as a direct result and documentation of its early 20th century German colonization. Namibia’s borders encompass the world’s oldest desert. Bleak lunar landscapes, diamond mines, German ghost towns, rolling sea fogs, nomadic tribes and a hostile coastline littered with shipwrecks and whale skeletons comprise the region’s striking and haunting natural features. Namibia’s geography has witnessed a turbulent and little documented history of human settlement, upheaval and war within a particularly brutal period of European colonization.

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Screenshot from Galerie Anne Barrault site. Image © E. Nehr

Eric Nehr: rose blesse

The spectator is confused. These aesthetical, disturbing photographs make him feel so ill at ease that he is tempted to look away, confronted with the repressed reality revealed by the artist who makes him question the body in society, the body as an “ object of socialization”

Ed: Struck by the remarkable colors and tones used to tell the story of these two social/cultural groups.

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Screenshot from Its Fine Levine site. Images © P. Galembo and I. Penn

Another Africa and KLV: Diptique Part 3.

Another Africa and K.L.V. have collaborated on a series of diptychs that compare an intensely rich source of inspiration born in Africa with the realms of the worldwide arts and fashion. On view, the ingenuity of African masqueraders, gleaning mother nature’s closet to create visually arresting disguises. Juxtaposed with contemporary art and fashion images, the pairings highlight the qualities that connect, complement and contrast, but ultimately celebrate creative ingenuity.

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Images © A. Sander and S. Keita

August Sander and Seydou Keita: Portraiture and Social Identity

Within the rather Spartan confines of the Walther Collection Project Space are to be found three worlds: Weimar-era Germany, photographed by August Sanders in his life-long project to record the ‘Face of Time’, late-colonial Mali, where Seydou Keïta operated a portable portrait studio in Bamako, and, of course, 21st century New York.

Ed: Pairing of bodies of work that are on the surface unrelated.


Image from Gwenn Dubourthoumieu’s portfolio site © G. Dubourthoumieu

Gwenn Dubourthoumieu: The Nomad Warriors of Northern Kenya


Screenshot from Ken Hermann’s portfolio site © K. Hermann

Ken Hermann: Beauty of Omo Valley

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Screenshot from Joey L’s site. © Joey L

Joey L: The Cradle of Mankind

Ed: “Pastoralist with AK-47″ as visual staple of Horn of Africa documentary photography.


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