Traditional Chiefs of Burkina Faso.
Photographs by Jean-Dominique Burton. Foreword by Jean Leclercqz. Introduction by Duniwangda Harouna Ouedraogo.
88 pp., 53 duotone illustrations, 9¾x12¾".
Burkina Faso, the West African nation whose name
means “the land of upright people,” has 12 traditional
tribal cultures, including the Mossi, Lobi,
Bobo, Gan and Bissa. And each one has its Naabas,
its leaders. Jean-Dominique Burton’s luminous
black-and white images, each as formal as any
state portrait, show these traditional chiefs and
kings, and the emperor, in the full glow of their
power. Each sits on his throne, addressing the viewer,
with no entourage and no distractions. Burton’s
travels across one of the poorest countries in the
world, from village to village with a compact photo
studio, brought him to an audience with timeless
power and dignity.
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