Check out this new exhibition of studio photography from Porto-Novo, Benin, at Jack Bell Gallery, near Victoria. Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou’s portraits of people in Benin’s capital city are carefully composed, eye-wateringly colourful and often full of humour. At first, it’s hard to see beyond the exuberance of his subjects’ outfits, which fight for attention against their equally arresting Dutch-imported patterned backdrops, the latter featuring motifs including fountain pens and taps. However, look a little longer and a little harder, and Leonce’s skill at capturing an expression, a look, a moment, becomes readily apparent.
The show continues until the 15th October.
Wed – Sat, 12 – 6
Jack Bell Gallery
276 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London
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