A quiet and somber evening in West Africa. (at Monrovia, Liberia)
📷 by Xavier Guardans
It was once known as seventh holy city of Islam. It was also called the “City of Libraries” and home to the cultural elite of West Africa. Now Chinguetti is in the process of being swallowed up in its entirety by the desert and will disappear in a few generations.
Less than ten libraries and thousands of rare books remain including important Islamic manuscripts on religion, science and literature.
I hope an army of conservators and preservationists are on their way.
More at Messy Nessy Chic: The Lost Desert Libraries of Chinguetti
Osborne Macharia is a self taught Kenyan photographer based in Nairobi. He has a deep passion for digital art and his portfolio includes projects in digital art, fashion photography, portrait and landscape photography.
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Fatoumata Diabaté (b. 1980) is a photographer born in Bamako, Mali, where she currently lives and works. She studied at the Centre de Formation en Photographie (CFP) in Mali, and now works simultaneously on assignments for arts institutions, major organisations such as World Press Photo, and on her own serial photographic projects that develop over longer periods of time. She has been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals of photography in Africa and Europe. In 2005, she was awarded the “Afrique en création” prize by the French cultural institute AFAA for her photo series Touaregs, en gestes et en mouvements. In 2011 she won the Fondation Blachère award for her photo series L’homme en Animal.
Fatoumata Diabaté Bio Fatoumata Diabaté (b. 1980) is a photographer born in Bamako, Mali, where she currently lives and works.
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