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‘Only in Burundi’
Amsterdam-based photographer Anaïs López collaborated with writer Eva Smallegange and designer Linda Braber to create this really wonderful new photobook (not yet published).
This is a video preview of the photobook dummy. It will be published as a paperbound book in June 2013. You can order your copy now, in advance, and help publish the book. Specifications: 148 x 192 mm / 248 pages / color / English and French 12 beautiful stories by Eva Smallegange & 80 photos by Anaïs López.
Here is the story from the photographer:
The past two years my colleague Eva Smallegange (writer) and I worked on this book. We travelled to Burundi (Central Africa) and got to know this country, its inhabitants and its culture. Through photography and writing we show contemporary Burundian life in different strata of society. Tying all these colourful stories and images together was a long process, but the results are amazing.
We succeeded in making a book with a positive outlook, containing personal stories of our guide and main narrator Koky. He tells about his childhood and introduces ten of his friends from different strata of society such as: the manioc miller from whom he buys his flour, the princess who was once engaged to his brother, the president and his cousin the cow herder. They share their view on what you need to survive in this intriguing country, five years after the ending of the civil war that raged for years: to get things done you need the right connections.
Anaïs López participated in Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2012.