Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Me, myself and I – Samuel Fosso

Sep 22, 2017 - Juan Stockenstroom

The great Malik Sadibe once said: “It’s all the same. It’s the same face. We always look for an idea, for the same face, for the same position. There is no such thing as a “European” or an “African photography.” It’s all the same thing. And ironically enough this quote perfectly describes the work of Samuel Fosso a Cameroonian Photographer who has worked for most of his career in the Central African Republic mostly using himself as a subject to portray various characters and stereotype.  Fosso created a body of work that over the years became increasingly provocative and experimental.  After winning an award at the African Photography Encounters, Africa’s most important photography festival, in 1994, Fosso gained international recognition; today, he is widely considered one of Africa’s most important contemporary artists.