Omar Victor Diop was born in Dakar in 1980 and since his early days, Omar has developed an interest for photography and design. Omar’s work is seeks to “capture the diversity of modern African societies and lifestyles.” His work is interrogative and intriguing, prospective, yet a tad vintage and draws inspiration from Diop’s international uplifting, as well as his African visual heritage.
We would like to feature samples from his body of work “The Studio of Vanities” which comprises of staged portraits of Africa’s contemporary urban scene. Some of these photos are also reminiscent of Seydou Keïta, photographer from Bamako, Mali in the 1920’s who is dubbed the great African portraitist. The juxtaposition of the clothing and print background is truly an homage to Seydou’s earlier work. [Pictured below]
Omar describes this body of work thus:
“These are the fresh faces of the continent’s urban culture. They are black, arabs, caucasian, asian…it doesn’t matter. They are creative and ambitious, but most importantly, they dedicate their everyday lives to making their dreams a reality. In this series, the objective is to portray a generation, which endeavors to showcase the African urban universe and its blossoming art production and exchanges.
The intent is to go beyond the strictly aesthetic depiction of a beautiful youth… Every portrait is the outcome of collaboration between the sitter and the photographer.”
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