The Dandy Lion Project – Photo Biennial

The Dandy Lion Project photo exhibition combines individual street style with the back drop of contemporary life. The exhibition explores personal style with a series of profile pictures taken by a variety photographers, each telling their own story. The project is aimed to highlight “young men in different cityscapes, defying stereotypical and monolithic understanding of black male identity,” by adopting strong tailoring fashion and fusing traditional African sensibilities.

Most of the photos exhibited are profile shots, getting up close and personal. However, there is a selection that also incorporate lifestyle and environment which gives us a further understanding of the individual and their communities. The clothes worn are either in direct contrast or run simultaneously to their environment, this is a great example of fashion and profile photography, showcasing up and coming artists from all over the world.


The exhibition is open in October as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial and Photo Fringe 2016. You can visit various exhibitions all over Brighton at different locations during the festival. The Biennial and Fringe creates a visual scope into modern life which makes this exhibition so extraordinary.

Photographers: Hanif Abdur-Rahim, Jody Ake. abdul Aziz. Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Li Bo in collaboration with Delores, Rose Callahan, Kia Chenelle, Omar Victor Diop, Shawn Escoffery, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Russell K. Frederick, Allison janae Hamilton, Akintola Hanif, Harness Hamese, L. Kasimu Harris, Caroline Kaminju, Charl Landvreugd, Jati Lindsay, James Maiki, Osborne Macharia, Baudouin Moaunda, Terence Nance, Sierra Odessa, Arteh Odjidja, Steven Onoja, Numa Perrier, Alexis Peskine, Radcliffe Roye, Sara Shamsavari, Daniele Tamagni, Richard terbog, Adrian O. Walker, Bee and Rog Walker.

Curated by: Shantelle P. Lewis

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