Phyllis Galembo and masquerade

“Large-scale color photographs from 2005 to 2006 reflect the ritual adornment and spirituality of masquerade in Nigeria, Benin and Burkina Faso in West Africa. These portraits of masqueraders build on Galembo’s work of the past twenty years photographing the rituals and religious culture in Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti, as well as the homegrown custom of Halloween in the United States.”

These Phyllis Galembo photos are quite old but they’re doing the blog rounds again and I’m happy to repost them if it means they’ll reach a wider audience. They’re absolutely incredible. I’ve said it before but pictures like this just make me want to crank out the ol’ sketchpad and start doing fashion again. I mean, I don’t think anyone could fail to be inspired by these.

You can see loads more here! I particularly enjoy the vintage Halloween costumes from the US. Creepy as fuck.