Volta Photo 1965-1985
Ibrahima Sory Sanle (b. 1943) started his photographic career in Bobo-Dioulasso in 1960, the year his country (now Burkina Faso) gained independence from France. Sanle opened his Volta Photo portrait studio in 1965 and, working with his Rolleiflex twin lens medium format camera, Volta Photo was soon recognised as the finest studio in the city. Voltaic photography's unsung golden age is fully embodied by Sanle. His black and white images magnify this era and display a unique cultural energy and social impact. This is the first book published on Sanle's work and is released to coincide with the first solo international exhibition of his work at Morton-Hill gallery in London.