Photography

Portraits from Benin, West Africa

January 30, 2016

Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou is one of the pre-eminent photographers of the Republic of Benin, West Africa. Born in Porto-Novo in 1965, he was trained by his father, the world-renowned photographer Joseph Moise Agbodjelou (1912-2000). Leonce’s ongoing portraiture project, 'Citizens of Porto-Novo,' captures the people of Benin’s capital.

Using a daylight studio and a medium format film, the artist interprets the experience of a generation caught between tradition and progress.