Photography – Opposites Attract

Leonce Raphael AgbodjelouLeonce Raphael Agbodjelou

Leonce Raphael AgbodjelouLeonce Raphael Agbodjelou

Bienese photographer Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou incorporates a technique very traditional of African portraiture. With this method he captures the body-builders of Porto Novo, showcasing the current generation of Africans caught between tradition and what would be seen as more ‘modern’ practices. Body-builders are nothing new within Africa, but Leonce has them bearing plastic flowers; a beautiful contrast to their masculinity all tied together with various traditional prints surrounding them.

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