Two new publications from Steidl on the work of Samuel Fosso:
SIXSIXSIX  Large-format Polaroid self-portraits, made in an intensive process by Fosso in his Paris studio in 2015 and 2016.  Fosso's challenge was to create 666 self-portraits each with a different expression, reminding us of the link between his performances and photography.  Foreword by Jean-Marc Patras, Conversation between Samuel Fosso and Hans Ulrich Obrist. 
AUTOPORTRAIT This monograph demonstrates Fosso's departure from the traditions of Western African studio photography established in the 1950s and 1960s by modern masters Seydou Keita and Malick Sidabe.  By charting his conceptual practice of self-portraiture, and sustained engagement with notions of sexuality, gender and self-representation, this book reveals an unprecedented photographic project - one that consistently reflects themes in global visual culture, and covers the range of expressive applications of photography.  Foreword by Artur Walther and essays by Okwui Enwezor (Editor), Quentin Bajac, Yves Chatap, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Chika Okeke-Agulu, Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Terry Smith, Claire Staebler and James Thomas. 


22 June 2020