June 25, 2011

Featured Photographer: Eric Lafforge

Albino baby girl and her Mumuhuila tribe mother - Angola This woman was in Hale and came to me, showing a blue cap coming out from her clothes. I first did not understand that there was a baby under this cap. Then she opened her clothes to show this albino baby girl. She had some little dreadlocks and was incredibly white. The mother was proud to pause for the picture and discovered the magic of polaroid! I have seen many albino people in Angola, in the tribes. They are mainly in very bad health, as the sun is very hot there... Perhaps the most moving picture I ever took as the future of this albino baby is not the happiest you can get in this remote area of Africa. © Eric Lafforgue 

One of my favourite travel photographers Eric Lafforgue spends most of his time travelling the globe to share his encounters, through the perception of an ethnologist and the heart of an artist, privileging the regions or populations in danger and less usually visited countries.

Lafforgue encapsulates a country through it's people - the lines on a woman's face or the bright colours of a robe reveal so much about the history and a culture of a country. I like to focus on people rather than landscapes and architecture when I travel too; placing an animal or a person within a shot gives a greater sense of scale and adds more weight and character.

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