An outstanding photographic reportage from the Twenties and Thirties
brings back the memory of ways of living, ceremonies, adorned bodies of
an Africa that be aptly defined as "lost". These extraordinary,
unpublished pictures, taken with great technical skill and with a sense
of great dignity of the people portrayed, constitute a monument to the
African continent as it was.
Kazimir Ostoja Zagourski (1880-1941) was born in Poland and moved to Congo in 1924. Zagourski was the first professional photographer to travel throughout the interior of Congo and visited also the neighboring countries, Tchad, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. During his long stay in Africa he took hundred of pictures, 500 of which, divided in two extraordinary series on different tribes, build up to a unique historic and ethnographic survey.