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Gulu Real Art Studio
2014

A series of portraits found in the trash bin of the Gulu Real Art Studio, the oldest photographic studio in Gulu, Northern Uganda.

The studio only has a machine that makes four ID images at a time, a number that most clients cannot afford, so the photographer takes single analog pictures, punches out the head with a special device, and discards the rest. In these faceless prints, ones focus shifts to the subjects individual posture and clothing, forming a typological portrayal of a community. Martina Bacigalupo also interviewed clients of Gulu, and their stories, many deeply moving, describe the political, economic, and social conditions common to contemporary East Africa.

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