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2016 BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS by Elisabeth Avedon on his Journal Blog, here the link:

MY LAGOS by Robin Hammond

Middle class and wealthy families enjoy Elegushi Private Beach. With an estimated 21 million inhabitants, Lagos is Africa’s biggest city in the continents most populous nation. And its population is increasing faster than almost any other in the world. Lagos is home to the richest people in the richest country in sub-Saharan Africa (excluding of South Africa), but the riches have hardly trickled down, it is also one of the most unequal cities in the world (ranked in the top three most unequal for income earned). The huge numbers of poor eking out a living here make this the 4th worst place to live in the world. But not for everyone – Lagos has seen a rapidly rising middle class and this city of enormous contrasts is fast becoming internationally known as Africa’s hub of creativity, fashion and business. 16 June 2013. Photo Robin Hammond/Panos

Publisher: Editions Bessard

Robin Hammond’s ‘My Lagos’ introduces us to the color, energy and chaos of Africa’s largest city. An original Nollywood film poster wraps this beautifully designed book delivering an authentic piece of the city to the audience. Full bleed color photographs take us on a journey through bustling Lagos streets and into the homes of the rich, poor, and rising middle class. ‘My Lagos’ opens our eyes to an Africa rarely seen in western media. Placed over and between these views of Lagos is a series of large format Polaroid portraits accompanied by quotes from the sitters themselves. A businessman, an actor, a fisherman, a pastor, a prostitute speak of their hopes and dreams in this city of strivers. ‘My Lagos’ is intense and bold….much like the city itself. Editions Bessard

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