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Book 'Kinshasa Photographers, Revue Noire 2001
Book 'Kinshasa Photographers, Revue Noire 2001

Photographers from Kinshasa

(Photographes de Kinshasa)







Trought a selection of best photographies from Kinshasa photographers, from 1870 to today, this book offers you a photographic portrait of this fascinated city Kinshasa where you can ear the song of Papa Wemba "c'est la vie" (Tbat's life) and the Franco rumbas. The long history of the country, from "Congo Independant State", Belgium Congo, Zaire and now to Democratic Republic of Congo is the origin of these great perspective makes by different regards.

Amazing city whose narcissism, cult of appearance and a certain exhibitionism are antidotes against the attacks and the hideousness of material poverty.





This city-woman has knowed all along her life. She especially learned how to manage because different sighing, the Belgian colonizer or the Congolese politician, was useful themselves about her only like prostitute.

Its force expressed by the passion of life is a long story written in the crossbreeding of a Its power is expressed by the passion of life, is a long story written in the crossbreeding of a intersection-city, a mutant city, a painful city.


Kinshasa, capital of DRCongo, is a unique city in Africa, capable of the worst and the best in her insanity.

Place of multitude mixing individuals who are dreaming of another life, who each seeks to exist, this megacity, since 1935, is where all seem possible. At all times there reigned here a overflowing energic life driven by its size and wealth. First with music, concerts, dances and many other Zairian rumba rhythms carried by a new African youth, who always wants to carrying a deep African identity and to be confronting to the continent like the whole world , with its internationally renowned maestros. Then, seeming, exhibitionism, pride of being and individually existing inside clans. And also, its creators, the world of creation, with the most inventive and "insane" artists, each one creating utopian worlds, without fear of contradictions.

"Photographes de Kinshasa" gives a portrait of this city, through the eyes of 26 Kinshasa photographers from 1880 to 2000.



photographers published in "Kinshasa Photographers" (1870 to 2000) :


Antoine Freitas, Paul Alfred Kouassi, Herzekiah Andrew Shanu, Alvaro, Timothée Tshidibi Ngondavi, Lema, Casimir  Zagourski, Studio Emmanuel Diogo, Studio Thomas Lukuni, Studio Emmanuel Santos, Studio Vendopho (Philippe Ndombele, Emmanuel  Ndombasi), Studio Less (Lema Mpeve), Studio 3z (Ambroise Ngaimoko), Kuhanuka Fumu-Gilamba, Agence Congo Presse (Joseph Makula, Henry Goldstein), Oscar Memba Freitas, Jean Depara, Ancet Labakh, Simon Tshiamala, Kokomyini-Mbowanga Maboke, Dedo Zonga, Marie-Cécile Okito, Dieudonné Nzundu.


Editor N'Goné Fall

Essays by Lye M. Yoka, Manda Tchebwa, Françoise Morimont and N'Goné Fall

150 colors and B&W photographs by 26 photographers

Hardcover book of 128 pages 24x32 cm

Published in 2001

In French and English

ISBN 2 909571 53X  - EAN 978 2 909571 539



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