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My Lagos.
Photographs by Robin Hammond.
Editions Bessard, Paris, France, 2016. Unpaged, color illustrations, 14½x9¾".

Publisher's Description

Lagos defies Western ideas of urban order. However, what looks like anarchic activity is actually governed by a set of informal yet ironclad rules. To a new comer to the city, these rules are an absolute mystery but in the shouting, and blaring of horns, and the pushing and shoving of crowds, everyone has a place to go and a way to get there.

Robin Hammond’s My Lagos introduces us to the color, energy and chaos of Africa’s largest city. Full bleed color photographs take us on a journey through bustling Lagos streets and into the homes of the rich, poor, and rising middle class. ‘My Lagos’ opens our eyes to an Africa rarely seen in western media.

Placed over and between these views of Lagos is a series of large format Polaroid portraits accompanied by quotes from the sitters themselves. A businessman, an actor, a fisherman, a pastor, a prostitute speak of their hopes and dreams in this city of strivers.

An original Nollywood film poster wraps this beautifully designed book delivering an authentic piece of the city to the audience.

My Lagos has been described as intense and bold. Much like the city itself.

Each copy of My Lagos contains a unique dust jacket made from a Nollywood film poster. Printed in an edition of 600.


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