From 17 January to 23 February 2019, the gallery ARGENTIC presents a selection of portraits by five great masters of African photography: Seydou Keïta, Cornelius A. Augustt, Jean W. Depara, Malick Sidibé and Philippe Koudjina.
From the beginning of the 20th century, the first African photographers set up their studios in almost all capitals and big cities of Africa, often after rubbing shoulders with the European studios installed on the spot or after a military service in the colonial armies.
If the practices and the way vary from one country to another, African photographers quickly acquired the techniques of photography without difficulty, and developed their own aesthetics, mainly directed towards portraiture. Young people dressed in fashion, disguised children, women in traditional dress, radiant teenagers, it is the whole African society that surged in the photo studios to get the portrait. They posed in front of a neutral background, striped curtain or patterned, are framed sometimes close-up sometimes at ground level but always with strength and style.
For more information: http://www.argentic.fr/exhibitions.html
43 rue Daubenton, 75015 Paris France
January 17, 2019 to February 23, 2019