Samuel Fosso

born 1962

Samuel Fosso, ‘Untitled’ 1979
Untitled 1979
© Samuel Fosso, Courtesy JM Patras / Paris.
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In Tate Britain


Samuel Fosso (born July 17, 1962) is a Cameroonian-born Nigerian photographer who has worked for most of his career in the Central African Republic. His work includes using self-portraits adopting a series of personas, often commenting on the history of Africa. One of his most famous works of art, and what he is best known for, is his "autoportraits" where he takes either himself or other more recognizable people and draws them in a style of popular culture or politics. He is recognized as one of Central Africa's leading contemporary artists.

He won the Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands in 2001.

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