The artist creates new mythologies, combining traditional photography with a modernizing take on her subjects' identities
Delphine Diallo’s most pronounced photos are a celebration of the female form, concurrently uplifting sensuality and spirituality. Her portraits offer an important patina to the lives of the women she documents, capturing their true essences and powerful spirits. She wants to create a new photography world where all their subjects are connected with their soul and match a more universal idea of beauty, not one imposed by the media. Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth: Masks of Eternity , she creates new mythologies, combining traditional photography with a modernizing take on her subjects' identities through masks, regalia, and spiritual symbols. In Highness, Diallo incorporates the headpieces of J. Petit Frere to make new heroines’ images. The Highness project is a vision of a new era which gives birth to an evolved future where the audience experiences the gift that is woman. In this, we create a capsule of work that becomes timeless and unbound, a vision for future observers to witness. Indefinite and inevitable, this future will exist’.
Delphine Diallo Brooklyn-based and French-Senegalese photographer, Delphine Diallo explores evolving themes of femininity. Her work is known around the world for her take on art and activism. Her images feature in several publications including The New York Times, the BJP and Washington Post among others.