Angèle Essamba

Angèle Etoundi Essamba is a committed artist involved in a reflection on the identity of the black woman.


Essamba's work lies at the intersection of the social/gender and the artistic field. She uses photography to bring her message across in a creative way. Her varied background has not only profoundly shaped her eye, but also means her vision is simultaneously aesthetic, idealistic, realistic, and societal. She joins the spirit of humanist photography with a strong attachment to the values of communion. Women constitute the main subject of her artistic expression.


In her work, she challenges and breaks with stereotypical representations of women, by giving her subjects meaning and greatness. Keywords for Essamba’s work are pride, strength and awareness. She focuses exclusively on what the human radiates, whether alone, as a couple, or as a group. Her approach is always based on a sense of proximity, and reciprocity. In this universe that is hers alone, she controls color with the same artistry as black and white, she masters contrast with a sure touch and handles shadows and lights with dexterity and audacity. She records in an aesthetic way a vision of the black woman and the African culture, giving a new interpretation of the contemporary Africa.


Born in Cameroon and educated in France, Angèle Etoundi Essamba is a graduate of the Dutch Photography School in Amsterdam where she lives. Since her first exhibition in 1985, her work has been frequently exhibited in museums, institutions, Biennales, art fairs, and galleries in Europe, Africa, the United States, Latin America, and Asia. Her photographs are held in several private and public collections.


Essamba’s photographs have been commented in various publications among which: Passion 1989, Contrasts 1995, Symboles 1999, Noirs 2001, La Métamorphose du Sublime 2003, Dialogues 2006, Voiles & Dévoilements 2008, Africa rising 2010, I- dentity 2010, Africa see you, see me 2011, Black & Red 2012, Women of the water, 2013, Invisible 2015, Strength & Pride, 2016; Daughters of life 2018, Renaissance 2019.