Studio Photo Nationale (*signed / signed with print*)

@ Fosso, Samuel


Presentation by Sébastien Girard:

" After Samuel Fosso's studio and home were attacked by looters in 2014 in the war-torn Central African Republic, the photo-journalists Jérôme Delay and Marcus Bleasdale, with the help of Peter Bouckaert (from the Human Rights Watch organization), rescued Samuel Fosso's negatives from destruction and sent them back to him, in Paris.

For seven years, three steel trunks containing more than 50,000 negatives remained closed, until the spring 2021 when I was given access to them and edited the overlooked treasures.

Dedicated to Samuel Fosso's early studio photographs in the 1980s, this artist book tells the story of photographer Samuel Fosso's fascinating Bangui studio images, a few decades before his recognition as a major African artist. "

This book is offered in an edition of 400 signed copies (Trade Edition - 120 €) and 100 signed and numbered copies including a signed and numbered  20 x 25 cm (8×10") gelatin silver print (Edition w/ Print - 450 €). The silver print is the double portrait visible on page 35 of the book (see photo in the carrousel).

The book is fully printed with Risograph printing, spiral-bound, Japanese binding (pages "doubled", printed on one side only). The slipcase (included in both editions) is printed with silkscreen process.

Concept, editing, design, hand-printing and assembling by Sébastien Girard. This photobook is published by Sébastien Girard in association with M.E.P - Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris to go along with the first major retrospective exhibition of Samuel Fosso's work at M.E.P, held from November 10th, 2021 to March 20th, 2022, covering the fifty-year career of the artist.

PLEASE NOTE: Please choose your edition (Trade Edition vs. Edition w/ Print) using the drop-down menu below the price before adding the book to your cart.

PLEASE NOTE (2): As an exception, we are limiting the shipping options to the trackable ones for this book.

76 pages - Softcover in soft clipcase

Sébastien Girard / MEP (400 + 100 copies)

Format : 24 x 33 cm

*Signed*  /  *Signed with print*

New - Mint condition

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Fosso, Samuel

Samuel Fosso is a Cameroonian and Nigerian photographer, a major figure of the African photography landscape. Samuel Fosso had a very difficult childhood, loosing his mother at age 5 and growing up during the Nigerian Civil War (Biafran War); loosing many relatives to the war, events lead him to live in the forest with his grand-parents, then to move to the Central African Republic, where he quickly becomes, at age 13, an apprentice with a local photographer in the capital Bangui. In 2014, he has to run away from Central African Republic because of a civil war, and he loses the majority of his negatives and work at that time. In 1993, French photographer Bernard Descamps, scouting talents for the first édition of the "Rencontres Photographiques de Bamako" festival discovers his work; this will be his first major exhibition. Since then, his work has been praised and exhibited all over the world: Africa Festival in London, Centre National de la Photographie and Centre Pompidou in Paris, Rencontres d'Arles festival, Fondation Zinsou in Cotonou, etc. Self-portraits are an important part of his work; he uses make-up, costumes, props and accessories to pose as various characters or celebrities (Malcolm X, the Pope, Mao, etc.) and does not hesitate to cross-dress (Angela Davis). Among the books about his work, two recent publications by Steidl, both released in 2020: "SIXSIXSIX" and "Autoportrait". © Self-portrait.
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