Gulu Real Art Studio
Texts : Artur Walter, Martina Bacigalupo and Sandrine Perrot
Co-Production : Steidl / The Walther Collection
Release Date : 2013
ISBN : 978-3869306964
Book Size : 18 x 24 cm
Language : anglais
This book shows 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, one’s 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.
This book is published on the occasion of the exhibition Gulu Real Art Studio organized by The Walther Collection and presented at The Walther Collection Project Space in New York from September 19, 2013 to February 8, 2014.