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Photography

Jessica Antola was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She earned degrees in fine art and photography from Cornell University and the Art Center College of Design. Antola’s photography career began during her years living in Paris, where she shot portraits, fashion, and global travel stories for a wide range of advertising and editorial clients including W, American Express, T: The New York Times Style Magazine and Vanity Fair.

For more than twenty years, Antola’s travels have informed and inspired her work – from West Papua to Antarctica, from Tibet to Myanmar, and finally Sub-Saharan Africa, the focus of her new monograph, Circadian Landscape (Damiani, Spring 2018). The book chronicles the people and places Antola encountered while traveling through Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivorie, Ghana, Togo, Senegal and Ethiopia between 2011 and 2014.

Antola’s work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions internationally, and has been recognized by numerous honors including PDN’s 30 in 2004, American Photography, PDN Photo Annual, The Exposure Award, International Photography Awards and Prix de la Photographie. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

@jessicaantola |  www.antolaphoto.com

 

Prints available for purchase at Big Lives Women's Day

Blue Dress , Senegal 2011  Archival Pigment Print 22 x 33, Edition of 7 (1-3 available) $2200  The road was endless and there was no time to stop. Hour after hour, photogenic moments passed before my eyes and a knot grew in my stomach over not being able to capture what unfolded before me. I then decided to start shooting through the moving car window when this woman in blue appeared.

Blue Dress, Senegal 2011

Archival Pigment Print
22 x 33, Edition of 7 (1-3 available)
$2200

The road was endless and there was no time to stop. Hour after hour, photogenic moments passed before my eyes and a knot grew in my stomach over not being able to capture what unfolded before me. I then decided to start shooting through the moving car window when this woman in blue appeared.

Lundi and His Shoes , Burkina Faso 2014  Archival Pigment Print 16 x 20, Edition of 7 (1-3 available) $1500  We drove deep into Burkina Faso to visit the Lobi people, “the children of the forest.” Their strong ties to the spirit world were evident from the shrines around their clay homes. Lundi, who was born on a Monday, was wearing an oversized patterned shirt that had been carefully repaired several times. I felt his sense of pride in his clothing and indestructible shoes.

Lundi and His Shoes, Burkina Faso 2014

Archival Pigment Print
16 x 20, Edition of 7 (1-3 available)
$1500

We drove deep into Burkina Faso to visit the Lobi people, “the children of the forest.” Their strong ties to the spirit world were evident from the shrines around their clay homes. Lundi, who was born on a Monday, was wearing an oversized patterned shirt that had been carefully repaired several times. I felt his sense of pride in his clothing and indestructible shoes.

Washing Day , Senegal 2011  Archival Pigment Print 16 x 20, Edition of 7 (1-3 available) $1500  I sat with women on the shore of the Saloum River as they did their laundry, bathed, ate, laughed, and held their babies. There was a beautiful rhythm to this communal activity. I wondered if their grandmothers had gathered at this same place.

Washing Day, Senegal 2011

Archival Pigment Print
16 x 20, Edition of 7 (1-3 available)
$1500

I sat with women on the shore of the Saloum River as they did their laundry, bathed, ate, laughed, and held their babies. There was a beautiful rhythm to this communal activity. I wondered if their grandmothers had gathered at this same place.

Funeral Sound System , Ghana 2014  Archival Pigment Print 16 x 20, Edition of 7 (1-3 available) $1500  Funerals are big celebrations in Ghana, typically costing as much, or more, than weddings. Colorful funeral announcements are plastered throughout towns. Friends and relatives, decked in black and red, arrive from miles around to dance and celebrate the life of the deceased.

Funeral Sound System, Ghana 2014

Archival Pigment Print
16 x 20, Edition of 7 (1-3 available)
$1500

Funerals are big celebrations in Ghana, typically costing as much, or more, than weddings. Colorful funeral announcements are plastered throughout towns. Friends and relatives, decked in black and red, arrive from miles around to dance and celebrate the life of the deceased.

After the Gelede , Benin 2014  Archival Pigment Print 16 x 20, Edition of 7 (1-3 available) $1500  This Gelede masked voodoo ceremony near Abomey inspired both laughter and fear among the children in the crowd. Afterwards, I turned to meet the gaze of this striking young Yoruba man and was captivated by his confidence and contrapposto pose.

After the Gelede, Benin 2014

Archival Pigment Print
16 x 20, Edition of 7 (1-3 available)
$1500

This Gelede masked voodoo ceremony near Abomey inspired both laughter and fear among the children in the crowd. Afterwards, I turned to meet the gaze of this striking young Yoruba man and was captivated by his confidence and contrapposto pose.

Tofinu Girls , Benin 2014  Archival Pigment Print 16 x 20, Edition of 7 (1-3 available) $1500  The Tofinu people of Ganvie built houses on stilts in Lake Nokoué during the 16th and 17th centuries to escape capture by Fon warriors and avoid being sold to European slave traders. This location provided a safe haven for the Tofinu people, who still live here and use boats for transport.

Tofinu Girls, Benin 2014

Archival Pigment Print
16 x 20, Edition of 7 (1-3 available)
$1500

The Tofinu people of Ganvie built houses on stilts in Lake Nokoué during the 16th and 17th centuries to escape capture by Fon warriors and avoid being sold to European slave traders. This location provided a safe haven for the Tofinu people, who still live here and use boats for transport.