(Photo: Charlotte Yonga)

This Photographer Is Intimately Capturing The Beauty Of Cameroonian Faces

The Lagos Photo Festival is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria, and we at Konbini will be profiling amazing photographers set to exhibit at the festival – which runs from October 27 to November 15, 2018.


Artists often cite childhood fascinations as major sources of creative inspiration. French photographer, Charlotte Yonga is one of such artists, as she's turned her fascination with faces into intimate and arresting photographs. 

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(Photo: Charlotte Yonga)

Not only is Yonga a multimedia artist — working in fields of photography, video and audio — her art is also multicultural. Yonga has lived and worked in Cameroon, Morocco, America, Senegal, Spain and, her country of origin, France, creating art in all these places.

Yonga is best known for her captivating photography of ordinary people in authentic still-life settings. Her pictures centre on capturing her models in exterior spaces, yet presenting them in an intimate light, boldly illustrated in her latest series featuring Cameroonian faces. 

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(Photo: Charlotte Yonga)

Yonga's landscapes are tranquil and still, with no contact to public life, so all the attention goes to the interior workings of the everyday people she captures, their expressions and body language being the spotlight of her work.

Paying particular mind to colour saturation, in order to bring out the vibrancy of the people in her work and the landscape surrounding them, Yonga's images are immensely dynamic, arresting one's attention at first glance. 

You can check out more of her work on her site.

(Photo: Charlotte Yonga)

(Photo: Charlotte Yonga)

(Photo: Charlotte Yonga)


You will be able to see Yonga's stunning work in person at the upcoming Lagos Photo Festivalalong with a bunch of other incredibly talented photographers. You can learn more about the exciting event right here.

(Photo: AAF/Lagos Photo Festival)

By Adewojumi Aderemi, published on 23/10/2018

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