Sunday, December 6, 2009


"Gentlemen Of Bacongo" by photographer Daniele Tamagni captures the Congo sub-culture that is "Le Sape", short for Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, or the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People. Le Sapeurs, as they're called, dress in high Parisian fashions and maintain a solid moral ethic amongst the extreme poverty of the Congolese slums. Examining the strange merging of colonial and Congolese culture, Daniele also captures the “contradictions and paradoxes" of the tight-knit social network of Sapeurs. Interesting to say the least, definitely worth a closer investigation. Bottom-line: confidence is essential, especially in poverty stricken environments side stepped by capitalism twisted ideals. Whatever floats your boat - feel me?! -Mr.-

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