Jean-Luc Manaud (1948-2015), the “Lord of the desert,” as he was called, died on February 28th. From Chad to Mali, the Sahara is in mourning. Manaud was born there, in the southern Tunisian city of Gafsa, where he lived until he was fifteen. His photographs are imbued with a familiarity with those surroundings. There’s not a trace of “ethnicity” or foreignness. “The world they inhabit is and always has been mine,” he wrote in one of the many books on that theme.
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