Afro B Avec Pagnes #2
"Afro B Avec Pagnes" meaning "Afro B with fabrics" is from a series of images in which Zie Otto photographed musical artist Afro B in modern activewear/sportwear matched with traditional Ivorian fabric and style. Both the subjects and the photographer are decedents from Ivory Coast (Côte D'ivoire) living and working in London and New respectively.
Author: Ivory Coast Born and NY grown, Zie Otto is a photographer and artist of process. Placing portraiture on a plane equal to the iconic universality of portrait and fashion photography, the works of NYC-based Zie Otto are at once nakedly direct and difficult to see. His pictures tend to foreground aspects of his subjects, so as to give their whole figure a decided air of ambiguity. Oftentimes, like a movie director, he allows his subjects to hide behind a mask of emotional expressivity: a look concealing the subjectivity of the person who actually gives it.