Congo Dandies

August 8, 2011 Comments Off on Congo Dandies

Le Sapeurs of the Congo belong the Societé des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes – “one of the world’s most exclusive clubs. Members have their own code of honour, codes of professional conduct and strict notions of morality. It is a world within a world within a city.”

Photos by Daniele Tamigni from his book “Gentlemen of Bacongo“.
Via Jonathan Crisman


Vintage National Geographic Scans

January 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

(Caption missing, unfortunately)

Megasoma beetle

Prince of Bhutan and his bride, 1952

Screech owls

Egyptian students, 1954

Spoonbills in Florida, 1954

Annual Lobster Festival, Maine 1952

Inuit boy, Alaska 1959

Kazakh nomand woman brewing tea, 1954

King of Bunyaro on a throne of 60 leopard skins, 1960

Massai men

Sorcerer in New Guinea, 1955

Viking Festival, Shetland Islands 1954

A tumblr well worth following: Vintage National Geographic Scans (mainly from the 1950s to early 60s)

(Update:) West African Costumes

November 9, 2010 Comments Off on (Update:) West African Costumes

I couldn’t find out more about these pictures that were posted on Artsy Time.

UPDATE June 16, 2011:

Found the book in a store today, it’s magnificent. The photos were taken by art professor/photographer Phyllis Galembo, published in a book titled Maske by Chris Boot in 2010.


October 28, 2010 Comments Off on Greenland

If you know me in real life, you know about my fascination with Greenland. Stories like that of Tété-Michel Kpomassie, who as a child, found a book about “eskimos” in a missionary library in Toga, and set out in his teenage years to travel all the way to Greenland, never cease to amaze me. I just found out that there was an exhibition last fall at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, presenting artistic responses to Kpomassie’s book, curated by Jean Barberis and Michelle Levy. What a great idea! (I can’t believe I didn’t think of it first.)

It’s the size of the island, the incredible landscape, the people and animals, the northern lights, the winter darkness, and probably its remoteness that has appealed to me ever since I was a child (okay, maybe it also has to do with the fact that Peter Hoeg’s book Smilla […] was my favourite read as a 13-year-old, and I can still quote from that).

Not too long ago I read this article in Vice Magazine about the high suicide rate among Greenlandic teenagers and discovered a young Danish photojournalist with Greenlandic roots, Camilla Stephan, who published a great looking book about her family in Greenland. I haven’t had the chance to get a copy of the book, but the photos on the website look incredible.

Speaking of incredible pictures, a couple of weeks ago, the fantastic NY Times photojournalism blog Lens posted a set of pictures from Greenland, mainly domestic scenes, by photographer Andrea Gjestvang. Enjoy the set in full screen!

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