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Sanlé Sory : Volta Photo

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M+B presents Volta Photo, an exhibition of black and white photographs by West African artist Sanlé Sory. This show, the artist’s first with the gallery, includes studio portraits from the 1960s-1980s, a stunning cross-section of the postcolonial culture of an economically challenged, but recently liberated country negotiating its local, regional and international identities. Sanlé Sory’s portraits are key documents of the exuberant youth culture in Burkina Faso following the small West African nation’s independence from France. After learning to use a twin-lens Rolleiflex 6×6 camera and process prints, Sory opened his studio, Volta Photo, in 1960, the same year his...

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