Oumar Ly is one of those artists people like to “discover” — even though he’s been taking photos for decades. His photos are strange, ethereal, beautiful creations: both fashion shots and portraits, the images are a poignant photo gallery of his city, including the rural outreaches. He began his photo career working with local officials, accompanying them to take official pictures as they visited various villages. Over the last 40 years, he has taken more than 5,000 pictures of the people who live there.
The Senegalese photographer still lives and works in his hometown of Podor, where he got his first camera, a Kodak Brownie Flash, from a French serviceman. A collection of his “brush portraits” are now on display at the Brighton Photo Biennial.
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