It is as hot as ever in Bamako, and the ever more numerous plump lambs, whose sales price continues to rise with the fast approaching Aïd festival called Battika, leave a thick odor of raw-wool in the city’s heavy dust. For Christian Caujolle, the Rencontres was above all “an example of the political dynamics of photography across the continent”. It also provided witness to the “discoveries yet to be made. We wonder how, in countries that are not nearly as structured as South Africa, it might be possible to reveal contemporary photographers, they must exist. This question is even more relevant after the discovery of Soungalo Malé, the revelation of Bamako 2011”.
A complete version of Christian Caujolle’s text is available in the French version of La Lettre.