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Meet the people of Tamba

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image copyrightGiovanni Hänninen
image captionGagnesseri Seek, waitress

Comprising 200 portraits, People of Tamba, by Italian photographer Giovanni Hänninen, depicts the residents of Tambacounda, the largest city in eastern Senegal and the point of departure for many migrants heading to Europe.

Hänninen wanted to record the various professionals - from doctors and bankers, to teachers and farmers - in their work environments to highlight their roles in and contribution to society, to counter what he perceives as the negative and numbers-based reporting about migration.

"I decided to present the photographs in large format to show the people of this project on a human scale and thereby create a rapport with the viewer," says Hänninen.

"They are like us; with their past, their present and their aspirations for the future. They represent everyone's history."

image copyrightGiovanni Hänninen
image captionAdam Wade, bank director
image copyrightGiovanni Hänninen
image captionMbaye Ndong, footballer
image copyrightGiovanni Hänninen
image captionMariama Ousmane Cissokho, peanut farmer
image copyrightGiovanni Hänninen
image captionldrissa Sidibe, beekeeper
image copyrightGiovanni Hänninen
image captionBernadette Therese Ngone Thiaw, student
image copyrightGiovanni Hänninen
image captionAdamo Diallo, cotton farmer
image copyrightGiovanni Hänninen
image captionCheikh Faye, shoe seller
image copyrightGiovanni Hänninen
image captionldiatou Cissokho, maid
image copyrightGiovanni Hänninen
image captionThe portraits of People of Tamba were publicly displayed as large prints glued to the walls in the streets of different cities. Here, one of the pictures hangs above a street in Dakar.
image copyrightGiovanni Hänninen
image captionThe pictures were also on show in European cities, including Paris and Berlin and as seen here in Milan.

The Albers Foundation and Le Korsa will display a selection of photographs at AKAA (Also Known as Africa) art and design fair in Paris, from 8-11 November 2019.

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