Studio Photo Nationale
Bordeaux / Paris: Sébastien Girard / MEP, 2021.
Softcover in slipcase
Signed and numbered
76 folded pages , 24 x 33 cm
This special edition includes a signed and numbered silver gelatin print (20 x 25 cm, 8×10 in.) signed and numbered by Samuel Fosso representing the image featured on page 35. Edition of 100 books signed and numbered by Samuel Fosso. 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 #21605