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I recently discovered the work of Omar Victor Diop and I had fun exploring his art via his website. I was particular struck by his ‘Studio of Vanities‘ collection of photographs. He explains it best himself:
These are the fresh faces of the continent’s urban culture. They are black, arabs, caucasian, asian…it doesn’t matter. They are creative and ambitious, but most importantly, they dedicate their everyday lives to making their dreams a reality. In this series, the objective is to portray a generation which endeavors to showcase the African urban universe and its blossoming art production and exchanges.
The intent is to go beyond the strictly aesthetic depiction of a beautiful youth… Every portrait is the outcome of a collaboration between the sitter and the photographer.
Check out some of my favorite pieces from the collection below: