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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Samuel Fosso

Dates:  1962 -
Born:  Cameroon, Kumba
Active:  Central African Republic
 
  
African photographer who has experimented since 1976 with studio self portraits showing himself in a variety of personalities. His work was ‘discovered‘ in 1993 by the French photographer Bernard Descamps when he was collecting material for an exhibition on African photography.

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Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
  
Bonetti, Maria Francesca & Schlinkert, Guido, 2008, Samuel Fosso, (5 Continents) isbn-10: 8874391013 isbn-13: 978-8874391011 [Δ
  
Njami, Simon, 2011, Samuel Fosso, Dorian Gray in Bangui, (Revue Noire) isbn-10: 2909571661 isbn-13: 978-2909571669 [Δ
  
Schneider, Jürg, 2009, September, ‘Le photographe photography. Photographic self-reference in the work of Samuel Fosso‘, Newsletter Photography, vol. 16, no. 3 / NF 63, pp. 31-33 [Δ
  
 
  
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Portraits 
  
If you have a portrait of this photographer or know of the whereabouts of one we would be most grateful. 
  
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Family history 
  
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Samuel Fosso
 
Born in 1962 at Kumba (Cameroon). Lives and works in Bangui (Central African Republic).
 
selected solo exhibitions
2006extraspazio, Rome
2004Samuel Fosso, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica/Calcografia, Rome; Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri, Verona
2003Samuel Fosso Autorretratos, "PhotoEspaña2003. NosOtros", Madrid; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
1999Galerie Maï Ollivier, Paris
1997/98Samuel Fosso. Photographs, greengrassi, London
1996Galerie du Théâtre, Gap, Hautes Alpes, France
1995Centre National de la Photographie, Paris
selected group exhibitions
2006 Masquerade. Representation and the Self in Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2004/06 Africa Remix, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2005 quasi niente / almost nothing, extraspazio, Rome
2003 Samuel Fosso. Seydou Keïta. Malick Sidibé. Portraits of Pride, Bildens Hus, Sundsvall; Norskt Fotomuseum, Oslo;
  Make life Beautiful! The Dandy in Photography, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton;
 Geometry of the Face, Det Nationale Fotomuseum - Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen
2002 The Short Century: Indipendence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and The Museum of Modern Art, Long Island City, New York;
 The 6th International Photography Gathering, Aleppo;
 Samuel Fosso. Seydou Keïta. Malick Sidibé. Portraits of Pride, "Xpo September-Stockholms Fotofestival", Moderna Museet c/o Enkehuset, Stockholm
2001 Africa Inside, Tampere;
 The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994, Villa Stuck, Munich; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago;
 Africas. The Artist and the City. A Journey and an Exhibition, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona;
 "Troisièmes Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine", Bamako
2000 "DAK'ART, Exposition International d'Art Contemporain Africain", Dakar;
 Africa Inside, "Noorderlicht Photo Festival", Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Holland;
 Portrait Afrika: Photographische Positionen eines Jahrhunderts, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
1999 Africa by Africa: a Photographic View, Barbican Art Gallery, London
1998 L'Afrique par elle-même, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
1997 Studio Photo. 50 ans des Magasins Tati, Paris;
 L'Abattoir, Chalon-sur-Saône, France;
 Lumière Noire, Château de Tanlay, Yonne, France;
 Retrats de l'anima: Fotografia Africana, Centre Cultural de la Fundació la Caîxa, Granollers & Vic., Barcelona
1996 In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York;
 Artothèque, Grenoble;
 "Festival des Trois Continents", Nantes
1995 Photographes Africains, FNAC Forum des Halles, Paris;
 Festival Africa 95, Photographers' Gallery, London
1994 Autoportraits, "Premières Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine", Bamako

 
© extraspazio and used with permission (2006)
 
extraspazio
 
via San Francesco di Sales 16/a
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tel / fax +39 06 68210655
info@extraspazio.it
www.extraspazio.it
 
  
 

Internet biographies

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 

Internet resources

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Samuel Fosso 
http://www.extraspazio.it ... 
The extraspazio gallery in Rome represents the work of Samuel Fosso. The site has a bibliography, biography and example works. 
  
Samuel Fosso 
http://www.bbc.co.uk ... 
BBC website 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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