In pictures: The hidden lives of the Amazigh people
Algerian photographer Lazhar Mansouri left behind an archive of images documenting the lives of his Amazigh Chaoui tribe during a transformative period in Algeria's history. Mansouri’s photographs have today become synoptic portrayals of Algerian Amazigh culture.
It all started in 1993, when Buhl gained a Alfred Stieglitz 1920 photograph of Georgia O’Keeffe’s hands. This photo jump-started what is now the largest photograph collection based around ‘hands’. The topic may seem mundane but this exhibit may change your mind. We can thank curator, James Cavello, for his articulate way of showcasing Henry Buhl’s precious collection. Cavello makes it a point to shine a light on the metaphor of hands and their language.
The first New York exhibit
of his exquisite gelatin
silver prints (Lucien Clergue:
Jean Cocteau, The Testament of Orpheus 1959, curated by James Cavello at Westwood Gallery) includes marvelous portraits. Lucien Clergue was only 25 when he photographed Cocteau on the set of his last film The Testament of Orpheus—a brave assertion of artistic ambition.
Mansouri left behind more than 10,000 portraits, so the 50 here, selected by James Cavello, are the tip of an iceberg, which is a mere chip of a much larger iceberg: archives within photographic archives waiting to be rescued, researched, conserved and interpreted.