This book is a celebration, a gracious vision. Booley’s South Africa shows ordinary people caught at a crossroads, entangled in a confused unity. He brings the beauty of humanity through all the difference of religion, culture, class and gender diversity. His character and style reveal an unbridled optimism, not to mention a casual touch of irony.
Yasser Booley – South Africa at Liberty
Yasser ‘Mierkat’ Booley began producing photographs in 1993 on the eve of the ‘new’ South Africa. He grew up under the high tension of a politically charged South Africa in a conservative Cape Malay family from the Bo-Kaap. From an early age, he became an observant student who wanted to master and capture the eclectic ‘rainbow nation’.
Jacques Brel immortalized the West Flanders hinterland; le plat pays, in more than one chanson. This flat land between the North Sea and Bruges is littered with picturesque villages such as Damme, Lissewege, Houtave or Ramskapelle. Idyllic, seemingly godforsaken places with whitewashed houses and messy farmyards.
Colours can be magical. Chris Mestdagh, one of Belgium’s most versatile designers, proves it convincingly in Colorful Retreats, a beautiful mood book in which he immerses us in his favourite colour palettes on the basis of various mood reports.
Angelo Turconi, traveller and photographer in Africa, takes us to the heart of central Africa in Sur les pistes du Congo. It is the result of special impressions and unforgettable encounters: the head of the Yaka in ceremonial outfit, the leader of the Pende and Chokwe beautifully dressed, the king of Lunda on his throne, a rare family portrait of the Kitawala…
Photography offers a thousand and one ways of looking at our societies. According to the international scene, Calvin’s main talent is that his works bear witness to the great respect he has for the personal identity of everyone he captures in photographs.