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Mouna Hamitouche

Photographer: Leticia Valverdes

"I thought I will be able to speak English after one month, but after one month I just stopped talking, because the alphabet is not like French, and you know all this."

Listen to an excerpt from an interview with the sitter here

In Brazil before colour photography or computer generated images, craft painters used to offer their services to families wanting colour in their photo portraits. To have colour images of yourself and relatives was a symbol of wealth and status. The dealers offering their services could make you look young, wear expensive clothes and jewellery you did not own, and even bring your dead back to life.

Inspired by the 'painted portraits' tradition of my country, I photographed Mouna and then invited her to paint the black and white print in the traditional manner of those vernacular ones. 

By Leticia Valverdes, photographer - www.leticiavalverdes.com


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