MARC POSSO

MARC POSSO is a Paris based photographer who was born in Gabon in 1996. 

He started photography in 2015 and focuses on Africa, the diversity of African cultures and their identity. Marc was a finalist in the Huawei Next Images 2019 competition and then exhibited at the Paris Photo Fair 2019 by the Huawei Gallery. In addition, he has participated in advertising campaigns for brands such as Galeries Lafayette, Karatvanier and Marché Noir Lomé-Paris as well as 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 is immersed in the African continent. Having grown up in Gabon, and now living in Paris, he embraces his roots and stages portraits impregnated with a 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, the contrast of colours, and the volumes of fabrics to celebrate their history. More than celebrating a culture, Marc Posso enriches his pictorial vocabulary within the encounters 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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SOLO SHOWS
2019
La Terrasse, Paris, France

2018
ESG, Paris, France

GROUP SHOWS
2022
Classique!, Galerie AFIKARIS, Paris
Photo London, Londres, Angleterre

2021
AKAA, Paris, France
The New Black Vanguard, Les Rencontres d'Arles 2021, Arles, France

2020
Portr-8, Doyles Wham Gallery, ECAD, London, UK
Maag Halle, Zurich, Switzerland
Intersect, Aspen Art Fair, Aspen, USA
Un &t& sans fin, AFIKARIS Gallery, Paris, France
ORIGINES, AFIKARIS Gallery, Paris, France

2019
Paris Photo, Paris, France
Oslo, Norway
Maibujé Afro Fest, Paris, France

2018
Picha and Colours, , Libreville, Gabon

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. 

AWARDS

2019
Finalist of the Huawai Next Images Contest