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Photographer and filmmaker Benjamin Hoffman stumbled across the studio when he was in Yaounde four years ago, attending the premiere of a documentary he shot there. After getting stuck in traffic on his way to the screening, the cab he was in took a detour through a part of the city he had never been to. When he saw the studio, he felt compelled to go in and have a look. “Inside was Kameni’s son who showed me hundreds of thousands of dusty photographs,” says Hoffman, “I was completely obsessed with what I saw.”

Kameni was born around 1935; his exact birth date or year is unknown but he is somewhere between 85 and 90 years old. He set up his studio shortly after Cameroon gained independence in 1961, working on commission for families in the area. “I think that’s partly why his work has remained unknown,” says Hoffman. “No one was interested in digging into the archive. People wanted to come into the studio to get their picture taken and that’s it.”



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