Addis Ababa Portraits de Villes
The largest city and capital of Ethiopia captured by Photographer, Guillaume Bonn.
"Since its establishment in the 19th century, Addis Ababa (አዲስ አበባ) has always seemed like a magical portal, a gateway to another world.
For the rural masses of Ethiopia it was, and is, a city whose streets are paved in gold; for a foreign visitor, the gateway of Addis Ababa is at the verge of an ancient and mystical world. And yet, Addis – Africa’s fourth-largest city and its diplomatic capital – is also a traffic-choked, sprawling city of no discernible beauty that many foreign visitors try to transit as quickly as possible. But take note: by skipping out on the contradictions of this complex city you run the risk of failing to understand Ethiopia altogether. And apart from anything else, Addis is the best place in the country to sample Ethiopian food, and has some wonderful museums and places to stay." (From Lonely Planet)
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About the Artist:
Bonn is third generation of a French family all born in Madagascar. He studied Economics and International Politics at Universite de Montreal and Universite du Quebec a Montreal. He graduated from the International Center of Photography in New York. For the last 20 years, he has reported on conflict, social and environmental issues.
He and writer Marc Lacey were the rst journalists to cover the Darfur crisis from inside Sudan for The New York Times and uncovered the sexual abuses committed against children in Congo by United Nations peacekeepers.
Bonn is the recipient of a PDN award, the POPCAP12 for African Contemporary Photography, a grant from the Pulitzer centre for crisis reporting in 2014 and was nominated for the Pictet Prize in 2012 , 2014 and 2015. He is the author of three photographic books, including his rst monograph; Le Mal d’Afrique: A Journey into Old and New Africa.
He has directed a number of documentaries, including Peter Beard: Scrapbooks from Africa and Beyond, a film about the American artist, which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and shown on TV channels worldwide. Bonn also worked as a cameraman on Dying to Tell the Story, a ninety-minute CNN docu- mentary nominated for an Emmy Award.
He is a contributor to Vanity Fair magazine, covering a range of stories, including the conflict in North Uganda (with the late Christopher Hitchens), the murder of conservationist Joan Root near Lake Naivasha, and Agony and Ivory on African elephants and the ivory trade. He regularly shoots the Haute Couture shows in Paris and has been the only invited photographer to cover the wedding of the Maharaja of Jaipur.
His work has been exhibited at The Nairobi National Museum and has been part of many group exhibitions including: 1% Privelege in a Time of Inequality which will be exhibited on 5 continents.
His work has been published by: The Wall Street Journal Magazine, The Guardian Magazine, The Sunday Times magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Monocle, 6MOIS, Departures magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Time, Newsweek, Intelligent Life magazine, The Economist, Tatler, Harpers Bazaar (UK), New York Magazine, Outside, and others.
His latest book “Mosquito Coast – Travels from Maputo to Mogadishu” with an essay by Jon Lee Anderson was published by Hatje Cantz and released in December 2015. He is represented by INSTITUTE.