Friday, February 02, 2007

Seydou Keita and Lolo Veleko: Fashion

Seydou Keita and Lolo Veleko: Fashion Seydou Keita and Lolo Veleko: Fashion, January 19 - February 24, 2007 at Danziger Projects. "...This exhibition pairs two outstanding African photographers of different generations. The photographers - Seydou Keita and Lolo Veleko - are linked both by the control evident in their work and the pleasure they take in observing their subject's personal style.
Seydou Keita was a self-taught photographer. He opened a portrait studio in Bamako, Mali in 1950 from where he produced extraordinarily life-affirming portraits of local Malawians. Unknown to the west until his discovery by Andre Magnin in the 1990s, Keita went on to become internationally acclaimed, exhibiting at museums around the world. Keita died in 2001 at the age of 80.
Lolo Veleko, a 29 year old South African, came to attention in ICP's 2006 exhibition 'Snap Judgments' - a show of contemporary African photography. In Veleko's ongoing series 'Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder' her photographs capture the street fashion of today's Johannesburg youth in small but vibrant full length color portraits.


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