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‘Le Vendeur Sénégalais Qui Fume’ SORY SANLÉ, 1972

IN 1965, when Burkina Faso was the République de Haute-Volta and only five years free of French colonial rule, the photographer Ibrahima Sory Sanlé opened a shop in the thriving city of Bobo-Dioulasso. Many came to Volta Photo to strike a pose. Some clients stood before Sanlé’s elaborately illustrated backcloths. Others preferred to fill the frame themselves, like this sharp-suited Senegalese sunglasses salesman, with a moustache as thin as his cigarette, and a lottery ticket in place of a pocket handkerchief.

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