Smoke 'em if you got 'em.




Both these images were taken by Hector Acebes in Benin in 1953. If you're in London you can see some of his prints among others in Tribal Portraits: Vintage & Contemporary Photographs from the African Continent at Bernard J Shapero Rare Books, 32 St George Street, London W1S 2EA.

This exhibition contains around 200 rare images dating from 1865 to the present day, some of which are for sale. The exhibition runs from 2 to 23 December.

To be honest - leaving the problems of the colonial exoticism of tribal photography aside - I wonder if the collection shows the relaxed, leisurely side of life in this vast continent. It would perhaps remind us that it was not and is not always a war torn poverty stricken place, but contains some of the most amazing and beautiful people and places in our world. Unfortunately I won't get a chance to check it out myself. I will be in London in January, just a week too late to catch this exhibit. Nevermind...

2 comments:

nico said...

Beautiful portraits. Is ther more!?

Tom White said...

There's a few on the website: click here