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In camera galerie : Paul Kodjo – Ananias Léki Dago


Photography dialogue between two Ivorian authors, Paul Kodjo and Ananias Léki Dago, both in search of a modern look. Apart from their homeland, Ivory Coast, what do Paul Kodjo and Ananias Léki Dago have in common? A passion for photography, or rather as Ananias Léki Dago explains, “a desire to elevate photography, to take it beyond the utilitarian in order to have our own vision”. Even though they belong to different generations, Paul Kodjo was born in 1939, Ananias Léki Dago in 1970, this state of mind intuitively brought these two authors together when they first met in Abidjan, in 2000. Both driven by the desire to stand out, they are rooted in this medium, and, in a way, aesthetically supported. A sign of distinction: this black & white that they love and experience resolutely. “Our writing is not the same, notes Ananias Léki Dago, but we are from the same school, that of film. Paul has asserted himself in both the studio portrait and press reportage, he has documented the independence of our country. Its history will cross later...

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