10/06/2022 - 29/07/2022

Mid-Late C20th - Photography

Rachidi Bissiriou - Gloire Immortelle

David Hill and Carrie Scott are pleased to present Gloire Immortelle, the first ever solo exhibition by West African photographer Rachidi Bissiriou. The show includes previously unseen portraits and coincides with The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Africa Fashion opening in July, which features Bissiriou’s work.

Born in 1950 in the village of Kétou, Bissiriou began photographing members of his community after Benin was finally granted independence in 1960. In 1968, he opened Studio Plaisir in Kétou at the age of 18, which he operated until 2004. Following its closure, the now 72-year-old Bissiriou retired from photography to breed sheep and chickens, as well as an unlikely stint working in local politics.

This remarkable exhibition offers a previously unseen insight into one of West Africa’s greatest photographers. It captures the spirit of a pivotal historical moment through picturing the lives and styles of those who lived it.


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