Brighton Photo Biennial 2016 - The Dandy Lion Project
I've been volunteering with Photoworks this month helping at Brighton Photo Biennial 2016, so thought I would share one of my favourite projects from the festival.
The Dandy Lion Project is a curated collection of images that explore global expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon against the back drop of contemporary life. The exhibition comprises of over 150 images taken by over 30 photographers and is curated by Shantrelle .P. Lewis (USA) as part of an international open call.
The men captured here defy stereotypical understandings of black male identity; (less hoodies and thug life more edwardian man about town). They have adopted Edwardian-era fashions that have been fused with traditional African sartorial sensibilities. Looking at the men (and women) in these photographs, I respect their respect for their garments. Everyone of them uses fashion to empower and better portray who they believe they are. there is something about a suit that makes you feel 'on point'.
The show is exhibiting for the first time in Europe as part of BPB and it also includes archival and vintage images sourced through a public call for photographs. The exhibition is a sartorial feast an perfectly fuses fashion and photography.
BPB 2016 1st - 30th October
By Jasmine Farram