Untitled (Couple Embracing)

Babacar Lo

Mid to late 20th century

This image of a man and woman embracing is inspired by the practice of studio photography, which flourished in Senegal in the 1950s and remains an important art form to this day. Studio portraits allowed individuals to express themselves with clothing, jewelry, hairstyles, poses, and even props. The man in this portrait wears a pith helmet, an emblem of status associated with foreign colonial authority.