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"The studio photographs of Sanlé Sory and his participation in the vibrant music scene in Bobo-Dioulasso give us a picture of a cosmopolitan city shaping its independent identity in the 1960s through to the ’80s, the heyday of West African independence movements.

Vintage photographs, seven-inch record sleeves and studio accessories are all reproduced in the most extensive portrayal to date of photography and music as key popular art forms with local, national and international resonance. "

This book is the catalogue of an exhibition held at the Art Insitute in the spring of 2018 and bearing a colorful title: Volta Photo: Starring Sanlé Sory and the Good People of Bobo-Dioulasso in the Small but Musically Mighty African Country of Burkina Faso.

This book contains essays by Matthew Witkovsky and Antawane Byrd, head and assistant curators of the Department of Photography at the Art Institute and by Florent Mazzoleni, writer, collector and specialist of recorded African music who "rediscovered" the archive of the photographer in 2006. In addition, a conversation of these three contributors with Sanlé Sory is spread throughout the book. Texts in English only.

Please note we are offering some rare signed copies of this book !!!

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184 pages - Hardcover

Steidl / Art Institue of Chicago, 2018

Format : 18.7 x 25.3 cm

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Sory, Sanlé

Sanlé Sory is a photographer from Burkina-Faso who worked in his own studio in Bobo-Dioulasso and outside - mostly in exterior balls, dancehalls and concerts - since the mid-60s until the end of the 80s. © Sanlé Sory , self-portrait (on cover of the book Studio Volta Photo )
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