Samuel Fosso

Born in Cameroon in 1962, Samuel Fosso lived in Nigeria as a small child but was forced to leave at the end of the Biafran war in 1972, moving to Bangui, in the Central African Republic where he lives and works. He started to take photographs at the age of 13, opening his own studio for passport, portrait and wedding photographs; the self-portraits were taken simply to use up spare film. By trying different costumes, poses and backdrops it became a way of Fosso seeing himself grow up: slowly becoming a personal history.

A year after Fosso's work was brought to a wider audience at the first edition of the Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine in Mali in 1994, he won the Afrique en Créations prize. Since then he has exhibited in major global venues such as the Centre National de la Photographie, Paris; the Photographers' Gallery and the Barbican Art Gallery, London, the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern. He was included in the acclaimed Africa Remix exhibition which toured worldwide (including Hayward Gallery, London) 2004 - 2007, and also in the 26th Sao Paolo Biennale in 2004. His work is in held in many museum collections, including Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Los Angeles County Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate.