The work of Michel ‘Papami’ Kameni explores the rapid evolution of postcolonial Yaounde from 1963 onwards, portraying its inhabitants with kindness and passion. More than mere historical documents, these images are an intimate study of the relationship between the photographer and his subjects, hailing from all social circles and varied cultural backgrounds. Christians and Muslims alike, urban socialites to provincial farmers are all depicting inhabiting the city and its social fabric. Through these images transpire the dreams and aspirations of a nation in transition, new musical influences, a westernised fashion and an evolving fusion of tradition and modernity.
Studio Kameni is a project that aims to explore, discover and give new life to the photographic archives of this once forgotten body of work. These images are for the first time brought into public view with the hopes of putting Michel Kameni in his rightful place as one of the most interesting and captivating photographers of his time.
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