Rare Photos from 1950s Senegal Tell a Story of Political Change

Shedding a glimpse onto a pivotal point in Senegal’s history, 1950s photos by Roger DaSilva capture the energy of youth culture and the nascent independence movement. The recently unearthed archive of over 100 of his images, will debut at AKAA (Also Known As Africa) art and design fair in Paris for the first time next month. It will mark the first time that the images are shown outside of Senegal. “Roger DaSilva’s work brings to life a reality little documented until now,” reads a statement from the Albers foundation. “In the pivotal historical context surrounding Senegal’s accession to independence, it provides us with a fresh perspective on Senegalese cultural and social history and makes a significant contribution to West African photography.”


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