Wrestlers

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Senegalese Wrestlers is an award winning photography series by photographer Denis Rouvre. This series was part of the Sports Features Stories category of World Press Photo 2010. The theme around the photos – “Man’s relations with strength, power and fragility.
Senegalese Wrestling has a long tradition in parts of Senegal and The Gambia. Wrestling is so popular in these parts of Africa that it may be considered as a national sport. Each wrestler, M’burr partakes in this sport to prove their manliness, build pride for their villages and demonstrate their discipline. Continue reading

Expressive Portraits of Africa

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This selection of portraits is made by Osborne Macharia, a Nairobi-based photographer. These vibrant portraits of men and women look expressive, very aesthetic thanks to the beautiful light effects. The artist proposes few kind of portraits, staging tribe men, women and children. Continue reading

The Great Flood

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In 2012, Nigeria experienced unprecedented floods that affected more than 7.7 million people, 363 people were reported dead and more than 600,000 homes had been destroyed in over 32 states in Nigeria. 
Nigerian photographer August Udoh captures the disaster in this photo essay.
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Project Diaspora

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Omar Victor Diop is a Senegalese photographer who recently released “Project Diaspora”, a series of self-portraits inspired by less spoken narratives about the impact of Africans in European history. Each portrait includes a different element of football which is meant to bring attention to the increasing racism directed at young African players throughout Europe. Continue reading

Vibrance

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Julia Noni is an Italian photographer taking beautiful and astonishing fashion photos. Known for the use of a strong color palette and ability to seamlessly integrate the environment, she uses the natural landscape combined with vibrantly colored backdrops to create a striking contrast against the model. Continue reading

Preserving Tradition

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The pictures of Jan C Schlegel bear witness of the special encounters of the photographer with unique people on his trips through Africa and Asia. Since 1998, Jan C. Schlegel regularly travels to remote places, which are secluded from the tourism of the western world. On his tours the artist observed the rapid decline of traditions and increasing change of the way of life of the people within their tribes due to globalisation. The inexorable changes woke the urgent wish in the photographer to portrait people, to capture impressions and to preserve traditional life forms in his pictures. Thus Schlegel not only creates artistic photographs, but also documents and preserves unique pieces of art – the people themselves. None of people photographed wear special make-up or were specially dressed before the photographs were taken. Nothing was staged, nothing is fake. They were all captured in their own habitat – at the market, in the village square, or simply on the roadside. The only stylistic device Schlegel uses for each one of his photographs is a simple grey background. With it he concentrates the attention on the people, not on their living conditions. The basic message is the internal and external beauty of the pictured people. Schlegel emphasises their uniqueness, their value and their irreparableness. With his art he fights for the particularity and individuality of the cultures.
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Sudanese Flower

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Ataui Deng is a Sudanese born beauty that have blossomed in the New York fashion scene. Her rich skin and youthful spirit has made her a model in great demand. She is an African princess. The goal of The Human Gallery is to showcase great artistic work with cultural and social diversity and today we spotlight the beautiful portfolio of Ataui Deng.
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L’Afrique c’est chic

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Ingrid Baars‘ unique style of photo-manipulation merges photography, high-end fashion and traditional African sculpture. Her works are made entirely by her, from the preliminary model photo shoot through editing the final piece. Her work usually involve modifying and merging several images into one end product. She describes her work as a two dimensional visual sculpture. She uses a contrast between inanimate objects and their living, breathing counterparts.
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