Photographers from the imperial era have left abundant images that give access to colonial history as it was lived and forged by European settlers and African people.
Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po Paris, Dr. Jean-Philippe Dedieu has built one of the most important French private collections of photographs from this period which we are happy to exhibit a selection of. In his New York Times article “Toward Visual Paths of Dignity”, he illustrates how stereotypes constructed in the imperial age continue to shape contemporary Western views.
Opening conference with Dr. Jean-Philippe Dedieu 17th of April 5 to 6:30 pm in the ‘kiosque’ on the ground floor of the Library 27 rue Saint Guillaume.
Photo credit : Reginald Silk. The Alake of Abeokuta seated on his throne, Nigeria, ca. 1930s (Collection Jean-Philippe Dedieu)