Gulu Real Art Studio
Edited and text by Martina Bacigalupo.
This book shows a series of portraits found in the trash bin of the Gulu Real Art Studio, the oldest photographic studio in Gulu, Northern Uganda. The studio only has a machine that makes four ID images at a time, a number that most clients cannot afford, so the photographer takes single analog pictures, punches out the head with a special device and discards the rest. In these faceless prints, focus shifts to the subjects' individual posture and clothing, forming a typological portrayal of a community. Martina Bacigalupo also interviewed clients of Gulu; their stories, many deeply moving, describe the political, economic and social conditions common to contemporary East Africa.