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Prai$e the Lord
Dani Pujalte

Prai$e the Lord Dani Pujalte

Prai$e the Lord Dani PujaltePrai$e the Lord
Dani Pujalte
Witty Books
English, Wolof

Text by Jeremy Hutchinson.


Edition of 500
96 pages
230 x 280 mm
ISBN 9791280177199


There is only one photograph of Sheikh Amadou Bamba, the founder of the Mouride sect of Islam. He is standing beside a wooden wall, wearing a white kaftan. It is sunny: he squints into the light. And although his face is partially concealed, his eyes are visible. He stares directly into the camera this portrait is probably the most reproduced image in Senegal. Orginally taken in 1917, it is replicated across every imaginable surface in the country.

This process of continual reproduction has seen Amadou Bamba’s portrait transform from a representation into an icon;- from the prosaic to the sublime – is the central theme of Dani Pujalte’s project. Initially tracing the passage of Bamba’s image across the everyday surfaces of Senegal, his photographic inquiry expands to document a broader theme: the ongoing dialogue between commerce and faith, material culture and Sufi mysticism.

About the Artist
Dani Pujalte lives and works in Barcelona, his projects revolve around landscape exploration in ambiguous spaces as a tool to tackle cultural and social issues.

About the Publisher
Witty Books is an independent publishing house that aims to promote contemporary photography and visual arts.  Our mission focuses on the diffusion and education of the images. Witty Books was founded in 2012 with the name of Witty Kiwi by Tommaso Parrillo.

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