Loincloth & traditions by Ussi'n Yala

In Africa, the loincloth is used in several ways. But the most common way is to dress. Woven, coloured, decorated, embroidered, printed or simply plain, this piece of fabric is used by women, men and children, depending on culture and time, to cover hips on the knees or from the navel to the ankles.

It’s a means of cultural expression that encompasses tradition and urban life. It can be worn and design in several ways.

It's in sub-Saharan African countries that women and men are often found half dressed in loincloth.

During spiritual initiation rituals, for example, men and women also dress in loincloth. They dance around a fire by communicating with the spirits. This vision of a spiritual quest is very often maintained by the elders, who then pass them on to the youth to solve their everyday problems of everyday life or to bring them wisdom.

Mens editorial shoot for Minimo Magazine SS17 (Archives) by Ussi'n Yala

Featuring: Daniel Dikoume & Fabrice Victorin Cinematography: Ussi'n Yala
Clothes: De la Sebure
Assistant : Marc Posso
Music: Nina Simone - Tell Me More And More And Then Some

Pink Albino (B&W version) by Ussi'n Yala

One year ago I have launched an awareness campaign on albinism with the aim of fighting the hunting of albinos in Africa. I did not yet measure the proportions that this series of photos could have in the long term.

Today, Pink Albino has been exhibited twice in Paris and continues to scent the attention of people facing the difficulties of acceptance that encounter the albinos in the societies in which we live.

We are on June 13, 2017, and on the occasion of the International Day of Albinism I share with you exclusively the black and white version of the series of photos “Pink Albino”.

Time passes and the fight remains the same.

Click here to take a look at the photos series.

Pink Albino by Ussi'n Yala

Pink Albino, 2016

“Pink Albino”, is a photo series featuring a young albino model that emphasizes the beauty and sensitivity of an albino, who still today are rejected, abused and killed in our societies because of their skin type and all mystical things attributed to them.

I made this photo series to launch an awareness campaign so that people stop treating albinos as abnormal or “different”, stop seeing them as mystical beings responsible for the rain and the weather, some geniuses, ghosts, spirits, everything except human beings, and that we finally accept them in our societies as they are because we are all the same, no matter our differences.

Model: chris ebaneth

Pink Albino, 2016
Pink Albino, 2016
Pink Albino, 2016