Bordeaux / Paris: Sébastien Girard / MEP, 2021.
Softcover in slipcase
2 ink risograph
76 folded pages
24 x 33 cm
Risograph printed book housed in a silkscreened slipcase. spiral bound. After Samuel Fosso’s studio and home were attacked in 2014 by looters in the war-torn Central African Republic, the photo-journalists Jerome Delay and Marcus Bleasdale with the help of Peter Bouckaert (Human rights watch organization) rescued Samuel Fosso’s negatives from destruction and sent them back to him in Paris.
During 7 years, 3 steel trunk boxes containing more than 50.000 negatives remained closed till the spring 2021 when i got access and edited these overlooked treasures. Dedicated to Samuel Fosso‘s early studio photographs in the 1980’s, this artist’s book tells the story of photographer Samuel Fosso’s fascinating Bangui studio images a few decades before his recognition as a major African artist.Editorial concept, design and printing by Sébastien Girard. Made with Maison Européenne de la photographie in Paris. Item #21604