Jean Depara

b. Angola / d. Congo , 1928-1997

Depara began photographing in 1950. He opened his studio , Jean Whisky Depara, in Kinshasa. He worked there until 1956 making portraits, family photographs and pictures of celebrations. In that time Kinshasa was a centre for music where rumba and cha-cha were played the whole night.
Many people from West Africa came there to spend the night in the clubs and cafes. Depara mixed with the public as a photographer. He was famous for his love for women , whom he tried to seduce camera in hand.
In addition he was a follower of the singer Franco, who had discovered his work and invited him to come along during a perfomance. In 1954 he became Franco’s official photographer.


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