The Gentlemen of Bacongo are an eternal style inspiration for us. Read how this Italian photographer documented the dandy community in their glowing colours.
Italian photographer Daniele Tamagni may be trying to tell us exactly what colours glow in the dark with these striking photographs of the stylish dandies of Congo.
The Milan-based photojournalist explores the boundaries of fashion and news report in a trip to Congo. He captures the ‘Sapeurs’, a community of elegant gentlemen who follow a code in their aesthetic and conduct which inspired the collection of British designer Paul Smith. What we love is the variety of colours that the gentlemen wear without shying away from bold and vibrant colours that we don’t find often in menstyle. Colours from Pink, purple, electric blue and red can be seen in their outfits which makes the gentlemen very different and cutting edge in their approach.
Born in 1975, Tamagni has a degree in the conservation of cultural heritage and later specialised in art history at Westminster in London. In 2007 he documented the life of African and Caribbean migrants in the ghetto neighbourhoods of the City. He has collaborated with important publications and won numerous awards, among which the World Press Photo.
But it’s his particular coverage of Brazzaville, in Congo, that has given his work a world boost and even landed him a book deal with the foreword written by Paul Smith, Gentleman of Bacongo.
Check out the stylish looks from the Sapeurs and catch some style inspiration from Congo.
Photos via photodantam.com