MARC POSSO

MARC POSSO is a Gabonese photographer born in 1996 and based in Paris. 

He started photography in 2015 and his work focuses on Africa, the diversity of African cultures and the identity of Africans. Marc was a finalist in the Huawei Next Images 2019 competition and was thus exhibited during the Paris Photo Fair 2019 by the Huawei Gallery. In addition, he has participated in advertising campaigns including for brands such as Galeries Lafayette, Karatvanier and Marché Noir Lomé-Paris or editorial shoots for Christian Louboutin Beauty, Kente Gentlemen, and Kimpaa. Marc has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Gabon, France and Norway.

More than just highlighting a single culture, young photographer Marc Posso embraces the diversity and cultural richness that animates the African continent. Having grown up in Gabon and now living in Paris, he claims his roots and stages portraits impregnated with cultural mix. Through his photographic work, he intends to deconstruct the prejudices and stereotypes associated with African culture.

His photographs, with their carefully crafted aesthetic and precise composition, play with the silhouettes of his subjects of his subjects, the contrast of colors and the volumes of fabrics to celebrate their history. More than celebrating a culture, Marc Posso enriches his pictorial vocabulary with the encounters with his models with his models, traditions and customs of different countries of the continent to compose his own language. An admirer of the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, his photographs have the delicacy and simplicity that made his idol famous. His portraits are thus witnesses of their time and sublimate a cultural richness and diversity.


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WHEN DID YOU START PHOTOGRAPHY? WHAT WERE YOUR MOTIVATIONS?  
I’ve got a camera since 2012 but I started to be attracted by shooting portraits in 2015. It was triggered by the exhibitions I visited and by the people I met from different cultures and origins with stories specific to each. 




WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE? 
I currently use a Canon 6D. 




WHO ARE THE PEOPLE YOU TAKE PICTURES OF?
The people I portrait are mainly people I meet on Instagram and who are, now, for most of them, my friends.  




WHAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU WANT TO CONVRY THROUGH YOUR WORK?
My work aims at representing and sharing the image I have from the African continent, mainly through the Africans identity and the diversity of cultures of the continent. Africa is still today victim of stereotypes. I stand to celebrate African beauty and to improve the image still present to some of Africa and its heirs. 




WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION? 
I’m inspired a lot by the history of my models. Beyond that, the fact that I’ve been raised in Gabon and experienced the realities of my country; and to regularly discuss with other African people, also feed my inspiration. Songs, traditions, and customs train my spirit to be inspired by this cultural mix. I also have a look at the work of some photographers as Malick Sidibidé who is my favorite photographer. 




WHAT ARE YOUR UPCOMING PROJECTS?
I plan to go to as many African countries as I can. I would like to immerse myself in all these cultures that I heard about. I also would like to discover new cultures to improve my knowledge of them and to improve my art.