iamthenublack: Delphine Diallo

introduce yourself

I’m a visual artist and photographer of French-Senegalese heritage. I use photography as a tool to express a different point of view about the world. It allows me to develop images that transcend stereotypes in a world that consistently perpetuates a singular attitude as to what is deemed beautiful.

I use documentary, fashion and self-portrait photography through my journey of self-identification while discovering the amazing diversity of the world, as well as collage, and installations, which are also a part of my creative process.

In 2008, renowned photographer Peter Beard invited me to assist him in Botswana and collaborate on a photography art project for the Pirelli Calendar 2009. The trip inspired me to shoot “The RENAISSANCE,” a series of work that portrays modern-day African protagonists as heroes of ancient tales where the beauty and violence of reality collide.

fav lyric from a song

You are the sunshine of my life

That’s why I’ll always be around,

You are the apple of my eye,

Forever you’ll be in my heart.

You Are The Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

who and what inspires you?

Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Obama, Peter Beard, Picasso, Stanley Kubrick, Mikhail Kalatozov, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Abderrahmane Sissako, my mum and dad, Ingres, Leonard da Vinci, Pollock, Dali, Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Etta James, Billy Holiday, Manu Chao, Seydou Keita, Malik Sidibe, Leopold Sedar Senghor. I love to be inspired by amazing creative people and also this crazy world!

icons past & present

Michael Jackson, James Brown, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, The Dalai Lama and of course Obama.

the nublack philosophy/mantra according to Delphine Diallo

“All good things are wild and free.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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