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When speaking about Africa’s most iconic photographers, the name Jacques Touselle is rarely, if ever, mentioned. Touselle, whose career spans over 40 years, established his own photo studio, Studio Photo Jacques, in 1970 in Mbouda, Cameroon where, like many other photographers at the time, he photographed everyday people - from children and families, to elders and couples.

Above are a few personal photographs of Touselle and some portraits taken by him in his studio and elsewhere.

September: Highlighting African Photographers

Rita Lazarus, Miss Durban, 1960.

Photographed by South African photographer Ranjith Kally.

September: Highlighting African Photographers


Dorothea Lange - Egypt, 1962 - 1963

(via endilletante)


Yoruba women dressed in traditional Aso Egbé (ceremonial and society attire) Ìró, Bùbá, and Gèlè. ca. 1968.
Vintage Nigeria


A Yoruba woman handling a hand loom, 1960sVintage Nigeria


A Yoruba woman handling a hand loom, 1960s
Vintage Nigeria

WOMEN’S MONTH ESSENTIAL VIEWING: “La Noire de…” (Dir. Ousmane Sembene | 1966)

Iconic Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene’s tragic tale of a young woman, Diouana, played by Mbissine Thérèse Diop, whose hopes, dreams and aspirations are slowly crushed when she finds herself in a foreign space, colliding with the destructive realities of colonial ideologies and behaviour.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

“Penny, baas, please baas*, I hungry…” This plaint is part of nightly scene in Golden City, as black boys beg from whites. They may be thrown a coin or, as here, they may get slapped in the face.

South Africa.

Ph: Ernest Cole.


*baas is the Afrikaans word for ‘boss’

Newly recruited to mine labour, awaiting processing and assignment.

Ph: Ernest Cole


The Agony of Love (Ishayat hub) is a 1961 Egyptian film by director Fatin Abdel Wahab starring Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner Omar Sharif as a socially-awkward man trying to win the affections of his cousin Samiha, played by actress Soad Hosny.

With the help of Samiha’s father who devises an elaborate plot to make him over, Hussain, Sharif’s character, sets out on a mission to court Samiha.

The film, which can be watched here in Arabic with English subtitles, is considered to be one of the best-loved romantic comedies to come out of Egypt. The opening scene itself is rather iconic.

Iconic photograph taken by Robert Lebeck in Leopoldville (now Kinshasa) during Belgian King Baudouin’s procession through the city on the eve of Congo’s independence, on June 29, 1960.

The man in the dark suit, Baodouin’s sword in hand, is Ambroise Boimbo. Boimbo, a bystander in the crowd, ran up to the King’s vehicle and, in an act of ultimate defiance, stole his sword right from his side, sealing his fate as a true and patriotic hero of Congo’s independence.

Boimbo was born in Monkoto in Equateur Province. After leaving his village, he joined the military and relocated to Kinshasa. There, he quit the army and became an electrician, and later worked under President Mobutu. He passed away in the 1980s and was interred at Kintambo cemetery.

In this short clip from the documentary Boyamba Belgique, documentary filmmakers Dries Engel and Bart Van Peel trace the life of Boimbo and find out what became of this brave man after this almost surreal incident. Going back to his home village of Monkoto, Engel and Van Peel meet Boimbo’s remaining family there - including his daughter - and, after showing them the above photograph, details of what became of Boimbo begin to emerge in a very emotional encounter.

The video, between the 7:00-8:00 minute mark, also shows a tradition practiced by some African communities were liquor is poured over the graves of the deceased, and then shared by those paying grieving or paying homage to them. 

The clip, which shows what is perhaps the only moving image of Boimbo, ends with efforts to preserve Boimbo’s memory within the consciousness of the Congolese people.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any higher resolution copies of these images by the late Sudanese photographer Al Rashid Mahdi who, born in 1923, passed away in 2008. However, that didn’t stop me from wanting to share these vintage portraits.

I believe the bottom photograph is a hand-tipped image of Mahdi, a pretty handsome man, if I may so.

Click the images for captions.

Black and white portraits taken by Togolese photographer Cornélius Augustt Yao Azaglo.

These photographs of elderly people were taken between 1950-75 of people living in Korhogo, a village in northern Ivory Coast.

Vintage colour black and white portraits take in Bobson Studio founded by Sukdeo Bobson Mohanlall in Durban, South Africa, in 1961.

Vintage colour studio portraits take in Bobson Studio founded by Sukdeo Bobson Mohanlall in Durban, South Africa, in 1961.

Hair braiding

Nigeria, 1960s.