Namsa Lueba Photographs African Identity Through Western Eyes

By: Trenton Millar - Published: Jul 16, 2012 • References: namsaleuba and itsnicethat
Rich in meaning and boasting eye-catching color, the photography of Namsa Lueba can be seen in the upcoming issue of WAD Magazine. The Swiss-Guinean photographer who lives and works in Paris focuses her work on how African identity is seen through Western eyes. Namsa Lueba has been a controversial figure in Guinea because of her previous work traveling across the African nation taking pictures of locals wearing subverted traditional dress.

Her most recent work continues on her mission to depict African culture from a Western perspective. The photos combine the stoicism and natural beauty of Africa with the consumerism and superficiality of America, as can be seen from the use of plastic jaguar props. Beyond the deeper meaning of Namsa Lueba's work, the photos are engaging with bright pops of color and a mix of electric neon and tribal styling.