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Author: Philippe Koudjina; Paul Cohen; Martijn van Haalen; VPRO.; First Run/Icarus Films.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : First Run/Icarus Films, [2007]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : FrenchView all editions and formats
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"During the social and cultural euphoria of a newly independent Niger in the 1960s, Philippe Koudjina worked as a photojournalist and later opened his own photo studio. For many years, his snapshots of the youth scene in Niamey and his individual and family portraits provided Koudjina with a national reputation and a good living. Today Koudjina has fallen on hard times. He is no longer able to take photos because he  Read more...
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Named Person: Philippe Koudjina; Philippe Koudjina
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Philippe Koudjina; Paul Cohen; Martijn van Haalen; VPRO.; First Run/Icarus Films.
OCLC Number: 183329274
Language Note: In French with English subtitles; credits in English.
Notes: Produced as a documentary in 2006.
Credits: Producer, director and camera, Paul Cohen; director and sound, Martijn van Haalen; editor, Gys Zevenbergen; executive producer, Estelle Bovelander.
Performer(s): Featuring Philippe Koudjina.
Description: 1 videodisc (54 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; stereo.
Responsibility: VPRO TV and CPS Films present ; a film by Paul Cohen, Martijn van Haalen.

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"During the social and cultural euphoria of a newly independent Niger in the 1960s, Philippe Koudjina worked as a photojournalist and later opened his own photo studio. For many years, his snapshots of the youth scene in Niamey and his individual and family portraits provided Koudjina with a national reputation and a good living. Today Koudjina has fallen on hard times. He is no longer able to take photos because he is slowly losing his sight to glaucoma, and after having been hit by a car, he must use crutches to get around. His cameras, photographic equipment and a disorganized collection of negatives gather dust in a decaying cupboard, while he begs on the street in order to survive. Photo souvenir features interviews with Koudjina, and contrasts his desperate situation with the fortunes of other African photographers such as Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keita, whose work from the same period has brought them renewed attention and financial rewards. While the film documents the effort by two French photo connoisseurs to organize an exhibition of Koudjina's work in Paris, Photo souvenir reveals the fickle cultural process by which one-time "photo souvenirs" become "photographic art," and whether or not an artistic reputation is made in the western world"--container.

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