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Untitled, 1962 by Hamidou Maiga. Born 1932, Bobodioulasso, Burkina Faso. // Maiga constructed each image using a mixture of carefully chosen props, costume and painted backgrounds, giving them a new graphic intensity with black and white film. #contemporary #africa #photography

Untitled, 1973 by Hamidou Maiga. Born 1932, Bobodioulasso, Burkina Faso. // Maiga constructed each image using a mixture of carefully chosen props, costume and painted backgrounds, giving them a new graphic intensity with black and white film. #contemporary #africa #photography

During his career Oumar Ka produced dozens of carefully composed self-portraits. Here, he has lowered his glasses and placed a pen in his pocket, and wears a hat that identifies him as a Sufi follower of the Senegalese Saint Amadou Bamba

Captivating Portraits From West Africa Reveal 100 Years Of Life Across The AtlanticTravel back in time with images taken between the and the in Senegal, Cameroon, Mali, Gabon and beyond.

Malick Sidibé (Malian, born Two Men, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, James J. Ross Gift, 2003 © Malick Sidibé