In the south of Katanga, one of the richest regions in Africa and also the economic heart of Congo, towns grew up around the copper and cobalt mines. The relationship between the mining industry and the population here is almost comparable to the relationship between parents and their children. For the last ten years Sammy Baloji has been taking photographs of the memories, hopes and imaginations of these children of the mine. The historical perspective of the Mémoire series dares to invite the oppressed of yesterday into a dialogue with the ruins of today. What is shown is certainly not a stalemate, but rather an invitation to rethink society, a kind of attempt to exorcise evil spirits, to give peace to the dead, so that they no longer haunt us.
The optimism of this approach is abundantly clear in Kolwezi, where the picture is painted of a ghost town and of workers who – insofar as they can still manage it – identify with their riches and dream again of a comfortable life. And, moreover, of their thirst for dignity.
Exactly seventy-seven years to the day since its first flight. Between March and September 2017, the DC-3 HB-IRJ undertook a great world tour. A new accomplishment for this legendary airplane that has marked the history of aviation forever. Highlights of this epic journey have been captured in stunning images by world-renowned aviation photographer Katsuhiko Tokunaga. You will find a fine selection of these superb photographs in this book, commented by the protagonists of this incredible adventure.