West African masks in use

This photo of Kple Kple and Kpan Pre masked dancers during a Goli performance, Kondeyaokro village, Ivory Coast, was just sent to me by David Norton, the African arts dealer. So I thought I’d share them with you as well.

American photographer Eliot Elisofon (1911-1973) spent decades traveling around Africa. A pioneer in color photography, he worked as a color consultant on Hollywood movies and changed Western perceptions of ‘the Dark Continent’ and about African Art with his book Sculpture of Africa 1978 (  These pictures are from his collection of African masquerades (1942-1972) curated at the National Museum of African Art.

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