Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gentlemen of Bacongo

Playboys of Bacongo


Last night we were fortunate enough to be invited by Gilbert C. Maurer to the International Center of Photography´s Award dinner. Mr. Maurer who is an avid Art and Architecture enthusiast received the Trustees Awards.

One of the others that received an Award last night was the charming Daniele Tamagni for Applied/Fashion/Advertising photography.
"The Gentlemen of Bacongo" series: 

celebrates the Congolese culture of La SAPE, a French acronym for La Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes. The sapeurs, as they are called, sport ostentatiously dapper suits and fedoras, made all the more striking by the abject poverty of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
As it says in the Danielle Tamagni bio page from ICP

The pictures has such Strength, Vitality, Character, Charm and refreshing Attitude that I am left with a WOW! These guys shows the world, it is a lot more fun to be fashionable!

You can buy the photo book by clicking here. I most definitely will:)


  1. hej. did you actually ever buy the book? I'm thinking about buying it but i'm not quite sure because it seems to bee quite small for a book like this. would be happy to hear from you.

  2. I actually did buy the book, and I agree with you I wish it had a larger format so the pictures could have come out stronger.
    Although, still great photography about fascinating people!