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Fragile Wealth, African Middle Classes is an original long-term project that mixes auteur photography and sociological research to take a fresh look at a little-known population in  Africa, but one that is  crucial for its future.

In 20 years’ time, 1 billion people in developing countries will belong to the world’s middle classes, ie one in six inhabitants on the planet. This population will mainly be concentrated in so-called « poor » countries, whereas at the moment it is still the symbol of western life style.

In Africa, these middle classes have graduated, are urban dwellers, connected to the net, have few children, but often live in semi-poverty, half-way between modernity and tradition and are trying hard to find their place in a continent in the midst of great upheaval. A theme park, a school trip, company executives, gym lessons, … by their everyday nature these images are surprising in this extraordinary land which is often seen through the prism of its problems.

The project was produced over a 3-year period (2008-2011) and in 5 countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Kenya, Cameroon and Morocco). It led to a department within the IEP in Bordeaux being set up devoted to studying the African middle classes, as well as numerous research papers, more than 20 portfolio publications of the work worldwide and won a World Press Photo award in 2010.

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Réponses Photo hors-série

Mai 2012 France

portfolio présentant mes différents travaux sur le continent africain

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Les classes moyennes en Afrique

Ce projet traite d'une population de plus de 200 millions d'individus pourtant ignorés : les Classes Moyennes africaines. Il associe une production photographique d'auteur et un travail sociologique de fond. Unique en son genre, il est le fruit de 3 ans de travail (2008-2011) et couvre 5 pays (Maroc, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroun, Kenya, Mozambique) Primé par un World Press Photo, plus de 20 publications presse en portfolio dans le monde entier, la création d'un département dédié à l'IEP Bordeaux et l'édition d'un livre.

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Geo Allemagne

Allemagne

Les Classes Moyennes en Afrique

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CMA-couverture

LIVRE "Petite Prospérité - les Classes Moyennes en Afrique"

Novembre 2011 France

Petite Prospérité est un voyage photographique dans une Afrique quʼon ne connaît pas, celle de ses classes moyennes. Car elles existent. Edité par Images en Manœuvre en 2011 à 1500 exemplaires. 128 pages. 75 photographies. 35€

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New African magazine

France

Portfolio sur le projet "Les Classes Moyennes en Afrique"

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