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Oumar Ly : Bush and studio portraits – Podor 1963/1978


Oumar Ly is a trader’s son, born in 1943 in Podor on the banks of the Senegal river. He never learned to read. It was by chance, watching the soldiers installed in the fort take pictures that he discovered photography. Young Ly acquires his first camera, a Kodak Brownie flash for 1500 CFA. He trained with Demba Assane Sy, who worked alongside his nursing profession as a photographer. Fate smiles upon him when Senegal, which has become independent, wants to provide people with identity papers. The administration hires him and sends him to roam the bush to take pictures of...

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