Sunday, 21 February 2010
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Photographer Daniele Tamagni's new book Gentlemen of Bacongo captures the fascinating subculture of the Congo in which men (and a few women) dress in designer and handmade suits and other luxury items. The movement, called Le Sape, combines French styles from their colonial roots and the individual's (often flamboyant) style. Le Sapeurs, as they're called, wear pink suits and D&G belts while living in the slums of this coastal African region.
In interviews with some notable sapeurs, Tamagni unearths the complex and varied rules and standards of Le Sape, short for Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, or the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People. Sapeur Michel comments on the strange combination of poverty and fashion, "A Congolese sapeur is a happy man even if he does not eat, because wearing proper clothes feeds the soul and gives pleasure to the body."
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
If fact i think this is a terrible western approach to a video of soweto as it isnt really this moving and touching. It is an awesome vibrant place full of energy, where the sound of taxis beeping is a norm and where kids run the streets. It is depicted by the westerns in a completely different view
I know Mr Ofonsu has already touched on the photographer but i wanted to show u some more photos. He uses amazing locations taking care to look at colour collaboration which is going to be an important factor in my shoot. Locations very similar to what i saw so great to see them within a shot