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Michel Kameni: Yaoundé
Publication
Kahl Editions
International

Michel Kameni (1936-2020), nicknamed “Papami” is a Cameroonian photographer. His work explores the evolution of a postcolonial Yaounde by portraying its inhabitants with incredible kindness and passion. These images are more than just a document, they are also an intimate study of the relationship between the photographer and his subject. In September 1963, he opened a photo studio in the Briqueterie district of Yaoundé, where the whole of Cameroonian society passed before his lens, from all social circles and different cultural backgrounds, Christians and Muslims, urban socialites to provincial farmers, all travelling through this great city.

In 2017, French photographer Benjamin Hoffman came across the work of Michel Kameni, and built a solid relationship with him. Benjamin decided to start highlighting his work. When Michel died in 2020, the Kameni family bequeathed the artistic estate of Michel to Benjamin, so he could continue highlighting this incredible work.

“PapaMi is no longer here. For the departed, what remains are the shared memories with those who knew them. He leaves something else behind. His images continue to tell his story and carry his legacy.

This book is a journey into the lives and aspirations of a newly independent people, tenderly chronicled by one of the most talented eyes of his time. I once wrote that this story begins with an end, but that’s not true. While Michel Kameni may have departed, his images and stories endure. This book marks a new chapter”.

Binding: Hardcover
Release: April 2024
Number Of Copies: 500 Limited Edition
Size: 200 * 265 * 20 Mm
Pages: 212 Pages
Number Of Illustrations: 187
Language: English And French
ISBN: 978-1-7398813-5-1

Michel Kameni: Yaounde
Publication
Kahl Editions
International

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