PHYLLIS GALEMBO

For more than 20 years, photographer Phyllis Galembo has traveled through Africa and its diaspora, visiting cities and remote villages in search of festivals, carnivals, and masquerade ceremonies. To capture her images, Galembo begins at dawn, setting up lights and tripods facing a wall or other neutral backdrop. Then she allows subjects to pose themselves. Throughout her travels, the artist has captured people adorned in everything from body paint, colorful headdresses, and raffia skirts to cardboard masks and animal carcasses, discovering cross-cultural connections along the way. “What I want to do most of all is document how people can live a tolerable life under harsh conditions,” Galembo has said. “As an artistic onlooker, I am fascinated by all the beauty that survives in the very poorest slums on our planet.”

Los Americanos, Mexico, 2012

Chromogenic print on Fujiflex
50 x 50 in
127 x 127 cm

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Curprite, Flower Gatherers, Mexico 2017

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30 x 30 in

Man With Plaque, Easter Week, Mexico 2013

Chromogenic print on Fujiflex
30 x 30 in

Negrito Masquerade, 2017

Chromogenic print on Fujiflex
30 x 30 in

Old One, 2016

Chromogenic print on Fujiflex
30 x 30 in

Quetzal Costume, 2015

Chromogenic print on Fujiflex
30 x 30 in

Sweeper with Michael Jackson Mask, 2016

Chromogenic print on Fujiflex
30 x 30 in

Virgin of Guadalupe Festival, 2016

Chromogenic print on Fujiflex
30 x 30 in