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Adama Kouyaté (b. 1928)
Ségou #19
, 1954
Silver gelatin print, 2010, from original negative
11.5 x 11.5 inches (29.2 x 29.2 cm)
Courtesy of Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris

Vintage postcard photograph of an Acholi warrior in Uganda.

Vintage postcard photograph of an Acholi warrior in Uganda.

Vintage postcard photograph of ‘Wilberforce Street’ in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

"Euphoria of two young men as they meet and greet each other"

Taken by Ambroise Ngayimoko, Angolan-born DRC photographer, in 1972.

J.D.’Okhai Ojeikere - Untitled, Circa 1959

EVENT & EXHIBITION: “Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive”

How does the West view Africa? Their images over time have been closely tied to the development of photography. An exhibition in Germany now explores how external ideas about Africa have been shaped by photographs.


The show examines the different ways in which people in southern and eastern Africa have been portrayed in photographic images from the invention of photography in the 19th century colonial period through to the beginning of apartheid in South Africa.


The invention of photography coincided with the acceleration of colonialism in the 19th century and the new academic disciplines of anthropology and ethnology. From the 1860s, the camera came to be used as a device to gather information, record societies, and classify individuals within the colonial context.

"Distance and Desire" shows how this culminated in the development of an anthropological and ethnographical mode of looking at Africans which was pictorially constructed according to certain conventions.

"Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive" runs at the Walther Collection in Neu-Ulm through May 17, 2015.


Just some slides I found at an Estate Sale. Algeria 1977.imageimageimageimageimage

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.

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Recently came across this small collection of studio portraits taken by another great Malian portrait photographer. This is my first time stumbling across the work of Kélétigui Touré and have to wonder if other sources that have made mention of the liked of Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keita have never included Kélétigui Touré on their list of Malian studio portrait photographers have done so simply because they too weren’t aware of his work.

All these photographers were taken during the 1940s.

Portraits taken by Togolese photographer Cornélius Augustt Yao Azaglo.

Unsure of where exactly these were taken but I’m certain that they were taken in West Africa.

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Born in 1924, photographer Cornelius Azaglo grew up in Pkalémé, Togo. Aged 19, he bought his first Kodak camera and began taking photographs on a whim. In the early 1950s, moved to Burkina Faso where he came under the guidance of two professional photographers who trained him and inspired him to develop his artistic practice. Moving again in 1955, this time to Cote d’Ivoire, he opened his own studio “Studio Du Nord”. Azaglo worked in his studio, but also took to his bike armed with his camera and a swatch  of white cloth to take pictures of the people on the fly. He continues to take photographs today.
He is represented by Gallery 51

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.

Unidentified photographer, inscribed:
Monsiga Chief of Mafeking
South Africa, late nineteenth century
Gelatin or collodion printed-out print mounted on album page

Mahikeng - formerly, and still commonly, known as Mafikeng and historically Mafeking in English - is the capital city of the North-West Province of South Africa. It is best known internationally for the Siege of Mafeking, the most famous engagement of the Second Boer War.