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Volta Photo

Volta Photo by Sory Sanlé

Sanlé opened his Volta Photo portrait studio in 1965 and, working with his Rolleiflex twin-lens, medium-format camera, Volta Photo was soon recognized as the finest studio in the city. Voltaic photography’s unsung golden age is fully embodied by Sory Sanlé: his black-and-white images magnify this era and display a unique cultural energy and social impact.

This is the first monograph on Sanlé’s work, which examines the natural fusion between tradition and modernity. Sanlé documented the fast evolution of Bobo-Dioulasso, then Burkina Faso’s cultural and economic capital, portraying the city’s inhabitants with wit, energy and passion. His work conveys a youthful exuberance in the wake of the first decades of African independence. In many ways, Sanlé’s subjects also illustrate the remoteness and melancholy of African cities landlocked deep in the heart of the continent.

80 pages


To our lovely community,

it’s with a broken heart that we announce an end to our time in our shop at 3176 Glendale Blvd. However, our online store will remain open as we transition to our next venture!

After almost 10 years in our space, we were served with a 30 day eviction notice.

While we still have our space, come and give it some love as we say goodbye to our first home.

Stay with us as we move onward and upward!