Zagourski was a Polish nobleman who after serving in the Imperial Russian Air Force and Polish military, emigrated to Leopoldville in the then Belgian Congo in 1924. There he opened a photographic studio and embarked on his project to document the people and lifestyle of Central Africa before it disappeared in its pure untainted form. Collectively this work is known as L’Afrique qui disparate! (Vanishing Africa!). A body of 415 images. Between 1929 and 1937 he set out on a series of photographic expeditions to French Equitorial Africa, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanganyika. Zagourski commercialised his work creating a series of postcards. These were sold in unique albums, usually with a leather binding embossed with the head of an elephant. This collection of 108 smaller images (9 x 6cm) is bound in a linen covered album with a hand written title. Most images attached with photo corners, some loose and a few glued down. Silver gelatin prints with titles to the verso. It appears as though these smaller prints were produced before the postcard series. Many portraits, often showing radical scarification and body modification including hairstyles and adornment. Rural life, landscapes and a few of wildlife.
Date Published: 1930’s
Publication Place: Leopoldville
Dimensions: photos: 9.1 x 6.1cm. Album: 17.5 x 23.5cm