Sublime serene mountains, lush rainforest plants, poignant hillsides, windswept palms, faces full of old stories, all perfectly captured by Ramili’s black and white photos – “Father of Contemporary Black and White Photography” in Madagascar.
In Ramiri’s photo of Madagascar – the big red island famous for its earth’s hue – You The vastness of the sea can be felt, the sway of the tall grass, in which a lonely couple walks, Lac Anosy, a lake in the center of the capital Antananarivo.
1939 Born Emile Rakotondrazaka
but affectionately known as Ramily or Dadamilly, Ramili painted portraits of the landscape and the people of his country. In these photographs, he captures the essence of Madagascar in its colonial and independence era in time and memory, using light and shadow to tell stories and convey emotion and movement.
Ramily’s photo revealed The transformation of Madagascar, his work began when the country was still under French colonial rule and ended long after the country became a republic. Ramily, who died in 2017 From the 1970s to the 1990s.
recently held a three-month exhibition at the Hakanto Contemporary Gallery in Tanjombato, Antananarivo to celebrate this A legacy. His photos, diaries and tools.
Ramily Early Contact Photography
Ramili started his photography journey at an early age, when he traveled the countryside with his eldest son from his adoptive family, taking identification (ID) photos of people. Rakotozafy’s son and the eldest of 10 children from humble families, Ramili was raised by a priest named Rasolonjatovo from the age of 10.
On these trips, the pair used the night sky as a darkroom and car batteries as a power source for developing photographs. At the age of 17, Ramili began working as an assistant photo lab technician at PHOTO FLEX, a photography studio in Analakely’s bustling market. While working for the French photographer Mesli d’Arloze, he acquired the technical and technical skills of mixing chemicals to develop photographs. By 1968 he had opened his own laboratory near Ankadifotsy in Antananarivo. Two years later, he opened his own studio in Itaosy, making him the first Malagasy photographer to have his own studio and laboratory.