Samuel Fosso Photographs Rescued

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Self-portrait as an African chief by Samuel FossoSelf-portrait as an African chief by Samuel Fosso

The home and studio of photographer Samuel Fosso were attacked by looters in the war-torn Central African Republic, and some 30 years’ worth of work could have been destroyed were it not for the efforts of fellow photographers Jerome Delay and Marcus Bleasdale. The two men were covering the conflict and came upon Fosso’s studio, strewn with mud-covered, scorched prints and negatives. Fosso, who was born in Camaroon but lived in Bangui, in the Central African Republic, was in Paris at the time. Delay and Bleasdale rescued some 200 prints and close to 20,000 negatives from the studio, as reported in the Guardian.