I have always been captivated by africain hairstyles. I shot these portraits of Burkina Faso women not only because they are beautiful, but because they are beautiful while living in a very unsophisticated environment.
These women are from the village of Irim in Burkina Faso. I was there to document the work of a Swiss association. At one point of the journey, I felt the need to change my point of view and then asked if it was possible to make portraits of the women and their hairstyles. The reply was an instant “Yes” and we were lead to set up a “bush studio” one Sunday morning in the village’s primary school.
That morning, over fifty women came to pose in the most generous, simple and happy way. These photographs witness their happiness and dignity.