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Sanle captured the flourishing music scene and joyful youth culture of late 1960s Burkino Faso following its independence from France.
  • THE ARTIST: Ibrahima Sory Sanl_ (b. 1943) lives and works in, Burkina Faso. He is known for the elaborate painted backdrops which he painted and then used as backgrounds for his studio portraits. Working in the tradition of MALICK SIDIBE and SEYDOU KEITA, SANLE continues the tradition of African Photographic portraiture.
  • THE BOOK: This first book on his work covers photos made from 1965 to 1985 with a focus on portraits. Often photographed at dance parties these young African men & women mixed traditional African garb with the Western status symbols: blue jeans, cars, sunglasses, watches, pork pie hats- creating their own FASHIONABLE & CHIC STYLES
  • PROMO: Published to accompany first gallery show in London, Sanle is included in AUTO PHOTO at Foundation Cartier in Paris this summer and will have a show of work at Art Institute of Chicago May - October 2018

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Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo 1965–85

Introduction by Forent Mazzoleni.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo 1965–85.'

Burkina Faso photographer Sory Sanlé (born 1943) started his career in 1960, the year his country (then named République de Haute-Volta) gained independence from France.

Sanlé opened his Volta Photo portrait studio in 1965 and, working with his Rolleiflex twin-lens, medium-format camera, Volta Photo was soon recognized as the finest studio in the city. Voltaic photography’s unsung golden age is fully embodied by Sory Sanlé: his black-and-white images magnify this era and display a unique cultural energy and social impact.

This is the first monograph on Sanlé’s work, which examines the natural fusion between tradition and modernity. Sanlé documented the fast evolution of Bobo-Dioulasso, then Burkina Faso’s cultural and economic capital, portraying the city’s inhabitants with wit, energy and passion. His work conveys a youthful exuberance in the wake of the first decades of African independence. In many ways, Sanlé’s subjects also illustrate the remoteness and melancholy of African cities landlocked deep in the heart of the continent.

“Mr. Sanlé’s work documenting the cultural scene is reminiscent of that by Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keita ... and now it is his turn to be lionized.” –The New York Times


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