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Moussa (my assistant) and a ghanaian street photographer. Photographer: Svend Erik Sokkelund 1994.  

In 1994-95, I went to West Africa for the first time in order to meet African photographers on their homeground. By doing this, I also engaged in a restoration project for old African portrait photographers.

When I returned to Denmark, I had borrowed a lot of old negatives. And I spent several months in my darkroom restoring negatives and making the first pictures, which were exhibited in Denmark and Mali in 1996. Later, the collection was increased by even more negatives and more photographers. Today, it consists of more than 200 exhibition pictures of which you can see a small selection on these pages.

Svend Erik Sokkelund
photographer & curator