R6048/3 Photograph ‘Mayembo’

Colour photograph of a man sitting on an orange sofa, wearing a pin striped suit and dark glasses, in a yard with corrugated iron wall behind and breeze block wall to the left, and a woman in an orange top looking over the wall in the background.

Mayembo by Daniele Tamagni (Museum Accession Number R6048/3). Image copyright: Courtesy of estate of Daniele Tamagni

This portrait is of Mayembo, a member of the ‘Sapeurs’ sartorial subculture from Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. Daniele Tamagni was Italian, and specialised in photographing stylish subcultures around the world. He became famous for his portraits of these Congolese dandies. Colour pigment print, collected as part of the Fashioning Africa project.

Creator: Daniele Tamagni

Title: Mayembo

Place: Bacongo, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, Central Africa, Africa

Date: 2008