Photography

Depara, Jean (1928 - 1997)

Jean Depara came to photography almost by accident when he decided to record his wedding in 1950. Settling in Kinshasa, in 1951, he rapidly became the chronicler of the city’s social life, frequenting its bars and nightclubs, fascinated by its elegant and feminine girls clad in typical 1960s garments, interracial couples and by those who would dress up as Buffalo Bill to party. With his black and white images, Jean Depara captured a carefree and joyful population where Black and White individuals came together freely. His work diffuses a nostalgic and precious climate, that of an Africa stripped of conventional social codes and where nor AIDS nor fundamentalism had yet their place. An ideal Africa fixed on paper for eternity…

Tags / Jean Deapara - French Photographer - 1960s - Portrait - Africa - Festive
Jean Depara, A Bill (dressed in cowboy fashion), from series Day in Kinshasa, Ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, A Bill (dressed in cowboy fashion), from series Day in Kinshasa, Ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, The Bills, from series Day in Kinshasa, Ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, The Bills, from series Day in Kinshasa, Ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, The Bills, from series Day in Kinshasa, Ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, The Bills, from series Day in Kinshasa, Ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, The Bills, from series Day in Kinshasa, Ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, The Bills, from series Day in Kinshasa, Ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Athletes Group, from series Day in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Athletes Group, from series Day in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, The athlete, from series Day in Kinshasa, ca. 1970
Jean Depara, The athlete, from series Day in Kinshasa, ca. 1970
Jean Depara, Four dancers and General de Gaulle, from series Night in Kinshasa, c. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Four dancers and General de Gaulle, from series Night in Kinshasa, c. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, From series Night in Kinshasa, c. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, From series Night in Kinshasa, c. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Pas de deux, from series Night in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Pas de deux, from series Night in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Young woman in front of the African Negro Club, from series Night in Kinshasa, c. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Young woman in front of the African Negro Club, from series Night in Kinshasa, c. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, From series Night in Kinshasa, c. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, From series Night in Kinshasa, c. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Young Women, from series Day in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Young Women, from series Day in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Woman cowboy
Jean Depara, Woman cowboy
Jean Depara, Children in the streets of Kinshasa, 1970
Jean Depara, Children in the streets of Kinshasa, 1970
Jean Depara, Meeting before the nightclub, from series Kinshasa ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Meeting before the nightclub, from series Kinshasa ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Young people in the night, from series Night in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Young people in the night, from series Night in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Romantic meeting, from series Night in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Romantic meeting, from series Night in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Young woman in her bedroom, from series Night in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Young woman in her bedroom, from series Night in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Clin d'oeil au photographe, from series Day in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, Clin d'oeil au photographe, from series Day in Kinshasa, ca. 1955-1965
Jean Depara, The European Lady in Kinshasa, 1960
Jean Depara, The European Lady in Kinshasa, 1960
Jean Depara, Untitled (Cow Boy of Leopoldville), 1958
Jean Depara, Untitled (Cow Boy of Leopoldville), 1958
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