Photographs by Adrien Tache
Postface by Vincent Godeau
128 pages - 92 color photographs and B&W
Size: 17x24 cm (6,7x9.4 in)
Adrien Tache travelled across West Africa, from Tangiers to Lagos, to meet local photographers whose studios are gradually disappearing. Whereas in the 1990s Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta were elevated to the rank of leading artists, today's African studio photographers no longer attract the interest of the West and their situation is extremely fragile. Mostly self-taught and equipped with cameras from the 70s and 80s, they are confronted with the increasingly high cost of film and the almost affordable access to digital technology (mobile phones, compacts, etc.).
Portraits, exterior and interior of their premises, follow-up during reports... Adrien Tache has captured the daily life of a profession on the verge of extinction.