Oumar Ly 2011
Oumar Ly, 2011
Silver gelatin print "Studio Portrait of Two Friends"
Image size: 35 x 35 cm
Oak frame: 42 x 42 cm
Oumar Ly (1943-2016) was born in Podor, Senegal around 1943, and began to take pictures while in his teens. He opened his own studio in 1963 and quickly started offering group portrait sessions, which came to define his work.
Oumar Ly’s archives — counting more than 5,000 photographs — are an anthropological treasure of daily life in Senegal, presenting an unaltered look at the women, men and children who, over 50 years, have visited his little studio in Podor.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums, and "Portrait Studio of Two Friends" was exhibited at Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles in 2022.