Museum Insider – In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa

Donna Rocco, Museum Insider

The show spans one hundred years of West African photography from 1870s to the 1970s.  The fascinating images of West African culture were taken by both amateur and professionals photographers and give a glimpse of the people, fashion and society we rarely get to see. There are seven subcategories within the exhibit: Pioneers of Photography; Postcards; Amateur Practices; Studio Practices in Senegal; Malick Sidlbe; Seydou Kieta and Oumar Ka; Studio Practices in the 1970s. The work includes portrait, landscape, self-portraits, staged images and snapshots in many formats.

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The exhibit shows some of the ways photography has played a part in the development of society and culture.

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Closes January 3, 2016

Donna Rocco has loved photography from the moment she held the first camera in her hand and felt the connection between herself and the visual world. She has worked as a photographer for over two decades in areas including: advertising, editorial, live action, sports, promotion and portrait. She can be contacted at to discuss photography projects and availability.

The views expressed are my personal views an do not necessarily reflect the views of any other person or entity.
Museum Insider photo ©Catherine Kirkpatrick

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