Samuel FOSSO (b.1962 in Cameroon) opened his own commercial photography studio in Nigeria at the age of 13. Alongside his portrait work Samuel FOSSO began a series of selfportraits, a mode of representation he would never abandon.
About the photographer, Samuel FOSSO (b.1962)
"Born in Kumba in Cameroon in 1962, Samuel FOSSO fled Nigeria and the
Biafra War, and sought refuge in Bangui in the Central African Republic.
He opened his own commercial photography studio there at the age of 13.
Alongside his portrait work Samuel FOSSO began a series of
selfportraits, a mode of representation he would never abandon. Staging
his personal identity, his work gradually took on a universal social and
political dimension, as in his celebrated series 'TATI' (1997) and
'African Spirits' (2008).
Samual FOSSO's work is held in collections such as the Tate, London; the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; the Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York." (© Steidl Verlag, 2020)
Photo books by Samuel FOSSO
'Autoportrait' (2020); 'Sixsixsix' (2020)