Cameroonian artist samuel fosso has earned the nickname the man of a thousand faces for his ability to take on a variety of personae in his work. The self portraits of samuel fosso a cameroonian artist are currently being exhibited at the walther collection in new york.
By samuel fosso courtesy of the artist the walther collection and jm patras paris.
Samuel fosso photography. Fosso who has been working as a photographer since he was 13 years old was born partly paralyzed. Fosso began photographing himself soon after he opened his business studio photo nationale in 1975 in bangui central african republic at the age of thirteen. Samuel fosso born july 17 1962 is a cameroonian photographer who has worked for most of his career in the central african republic his work includes using self portraits adopting a series of personas often commenting on the history of africa he is recognized as one of central africa s leading contemporary artists.
Samuel fosso cameroonian photographer who was best known for his autoportraits in which he transformed himself into other people and characters drawn from popular culture and politics. There was a french photographer bernard descamps who discovered my work while visiting bangui and invited me to participate in this exhibition. For the first edition of the biennale emissaries were sent all over africa to find photographers.
Samuel fosso filmmaker pascale obolo will interview photographer samuel fosso on the occasion of our exhibition claude samuel zanele. Samuel fosso and the invention of the artist as a young photographer in an interview for his new monograph fosso spoke with the late curator okwui enwezor about his teenage self portraits from the 1970s and how all his work concerns the question of power. Fosso lived in nigeria as a child but the conflict caused by the secession of biafra in the late 1960s forced.
Fosso began taking photographs at age thirteen after fleeing the civil war in nigeria. When samuel fosso opened his own photography studio in 1975 in bangui the capital of the central african republic at just thirteen years of age he had already experienced a great deal. Born in cameroon he suffered from paralysis as a small child and only recovered slowly with the help of his grandfather a healer in nigeria.
He won the prince claus award from the netherlands in 2001. Autoportrait is the first comprehensive survey of samuel fosso s photographic oeuvre from his experimental self portraits as a teenager in the central african republic to his phantasmic.