Stanley/Barker, 2019 First edition Hardcover, 88 pages, 275 x 275 mm Condition: New
Peuple de la Nuit is a collection of Sanlé Sory’s portraits of the vibrant nightlife of Burkina Faso, in West Africa. While Sory spent his days working at the studio he founded, Volta Photo – in which he shot portraits and headshots – his nights were spent capturing a flourishing music scene, youth culture and dance parties of his home city. When there was no party to shoot, Sory just created his own, packing up his van with lights and a home-made soundsystem to set up his own Bals Poussière (dustball parties) to the remote villages along the Kou Valley. He would take pictures for the purpose of selling them later to the attendees.
Shot between 1960 and 1985, the vibrancy of the photographs shines through the moody black and white. Though the pictures are posed, they’re never stilted – each image, like its subject, is imbued with a palpable sense of fun and abandon.
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