Reality and fiction in ethnographic photography of the 1950s

Theme: music, dance/masked dance
Photographer: Carlo Lamote (°1928)
Patron: Inforcongo
Place of production: Democratic Republic of the Congo > Equateur > Tshuapa
Legend: A ‘traditional’ dance is performed in the village of Yaoforo at the request of the official photographers of the state. The presence of the colonizer had a major influence on what was depicted in front of the lens. The ethnographic photography of the 1950s particularly provides a glance of unequal powers that determined the representation of the ‘other’ as well as the semblance of objective documentation.
Original legend: AU CONGO BELGE. Voici des indigènes Yasayama du village de Yaoforo (district de la Tshuapa) exécutant une danse appelée "Ekata".
Dimensions: 18 cm x 24 cm
Inventory number: HP.1957.1.78