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Rick Asikpo

Start your morning with a good ol’ mid-80s funk jam from Nigerian artist Rick Asikpo.

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

The photos above are portraits taken by Touselle in his studio in the 1970s-1980s.

September: Highlighting African Photographers

Black and white photographs taken of women at the at the Cairo College of Fine Arts in Zamalek, the Cairo College for Art Education, Cairo University, the Guezirey stadium, and at a museum in Cairo, in 1987, by Iranian photographer Abbas Attar.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

Ibibio Mami Wata priestess Mary Magdalena with white chalk markings on her face. Oron, Nigeria, 1989.

From Mammy Water: In Search of the Water Spirits in Nigeria by Sabine Jell-Bahisen.

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-Burkina Faso . ‘85.


-Burkina Faso . ‘85.



Harry Gruyaert.

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Zimbabwe: 1980s

Miners from Zimbabwe and their families. From “Family of Miners” series by Milton Rogivin 

This series portrays miners in ten nations.

In 1962, Milton and Anne Rogovin traveled to Appalachia for the first of nine visits. Photographs were taken of mountains devastated by mining operations as well as of miners at their work places and in the neighborhoods where they worked. Milton captured the effects of Black Lung disease and unemployment.

In the “Family of Miners” series, workers were photographed with hard hats and lanterns and coal blackened faces, at rest, in below-ground changing rooms, or on elevators descending into the mines. When not at work, they were photographed at festivals, at local pubs, or at home with their families or with their pets.

MOROCCO. Near Tabant (Ait Bouguemmez). Berber women cutting grass for their cattle fodder. 1988.

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Stills from Werner Herzog’s Wodaabe: Herdsmen of the Sun (1989)

see the documentary in full here 


Mogadishu, Somalia 1984 at a photography studio.  

Some of the photos on the wall are of Somali celebrities of that era.

Getting your picture taken by one of Mogadishu’s local photographers was pretty popular back in the days when Mogadishu was peaceful. 



Somalis in the 1980’s.


Malawi, 1988.

(Credit: Peter Turnley)