Leonce AGBOJELOU Republic of Benin, b. 1965

Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou is one of the pre-eminent photographers in Africa today.  He honours the tradition of photographic portraiture taught to him by his father and is the founder of Benin's first photographic school. 

 

In this age of digital imagery, he chooses to use an analogue camera in a daylight studio to construct his works. Leonce's carefully-devised compositions are a personal view of the duality of Benin's past identity and the contemporary energy of his home city of Porto-Novo.  His palette reflects the feeling and character of his subjects, whether recording the interior of an ancestral home sheltering a young, semi-clad woman wearing a traditional mask, or the vibrancy of young males enveloped in the dizzying patterns of West African textiles.

 

Leonce's photographs have been exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery, London, the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, and 'Making Africa', Vitra Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, in 2015.