Sanlé Sory was born in 1943 in Burkina Faso. He left his village of Naniagara, in the southern region of Banfora, in 1957 to settle in Bobo-Dioulasso, cultural and economic capital of what was then the colony of Upper Volta. He drew patterns for seamstresses in his home region. At that time, living in the city required having identity documents. After a train visit to Ouagadougou, the administrative capital, Sanlé Sory realizes that the photographer in charge of identity portraits earned a good living by exercising a profession new to him. He decided to devote himself to photography and to...
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