Candace Feit is an award winning photographer who spent several years in West Africa. She's recently moved to India, and photography from the region is worse for it. Her work is always thoughtful and beautiful, and tells some stories that make headlines and also important stories that don't. I loved her recent series on Senegalese wrestlers, "Tyson vs. 50 Cent," and she agreed to answer a few questions about it for Context Africa.
The point of this series is to highlight projects that go above and beyond daily news to tell a story of a place in its context. I also hope create an ongoing dialogue about what it means to tell contextual stories in Africa. There's a lot of daily news out there that is factually incorrect, slanted, or stereotyped. But, there are also a lot of journalists committed to telling a different kind of story.
See Context Africa posts:
- Mary Wiltenburg documents a year in the life of a refugee
- Sam Reinders pictures the complications of "poverty tourism"
- Paul Sika's technicolor dreamscape
- Andrew Rice on memory, murder and Idi Amin
- Tim Hetherington on the culmination of ten years of taking pictures in Liberia
- Rob Crilly on how to write about a place as contentious as Darfur
- Nicholai Lidow on post-conflict surfing
- Jina Moore's Q and A about forgiveness in Rwanda
There are a lot of wrestlers in Senegal. How did you decide to focus on this particular group? How long did you spend working on this series?