<strong>Daniele Tamagni</strong>, <em>The Vintage Crew #03</em>, 2013. Photographic pigment print, 70 x 100 cm.<strong>Daniele Tamagni</strong>, <em>Ngor, La Renaissance Africaine</em>, 2012. Lambda C-print, 50 x 70 cm.<strong>Daniele Tamagni</strong>, <em>Afrometal #01</em>, 2012. Lambda C-print, 55 x 78 cm.


James Barnor and Daniele Tamagni at the opening of their joint exhibition at October Gallery.
Photo: © Jonathan Greet, 2016.
Daniele Tamagni, The Playboys of Bacongo, 2008.
Lambda c-print, 59 x 80 cm.

Daniele Tamagni was fascinated by human beings’ search for identity through clothing, and especially of those existing on the margins of society. Trained originally as an art historian, Tamagni captured the unique street style in burgeoning African urban spaces, such as Brazzaville, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Dakar, where he sought and found individualistic identity. In 2007, he won the Canon Young Photographer Award with a project about the Congolese dandies, Sapeurs of Brazzaville, and in 2010, the International Center of Photography Infinity Award, fashion category. In 2011, he won the World Press Photo, Arts & Humanity category for his project on the Cholitas Luchadores, female wrestlers of Bolivia. Tamagni was fascinated by how the wrestlers not only take on a male-dominated sport but also use their clothes as a means of validating their act and positioning themselves in their community.

Tamagni produced several successful photography books including the iconic Gentlemen of Bacongo, 2009 in which designer Paul Smith wrote the preface and found inspiration for his 2010 spring/summer collection, and Fashion Tribes in 2014, with Afro-American actress and social activist Rosario Dawson. October Gallery first showed his work in an exhibition with Ghanaian photographer James Barnor in 2016. He has been exhibited worldwide, with works in private and major public collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, USA; Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago, USA; Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; and Brighton Museum, Brighton, UK.

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Born in 1975, Milan, Italy. Died in 2017, Milan, Italy.
Selected solo exhibitions
2016   Mtindo, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany
Daniele Tamagni and James Barnor, October Gallery London, UK
Global Style Battles, Hall de Marechaux Musee Arts Deco, Paris, France
2013   Global Style Battles, ArtEco Gallery, London, UK
2011    Africolor, Danziger Projects Gallery, New York, USA
Estetica della trasformazione, Meriggi, Milano, Italy
L’arte di trasformarsi, Altavia, Milano, Italy
2010    Daniele Tamagni and Araminta de Clermont, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK
Selected group exhibitions
2016   Am I Dandy, Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany
Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity, Moadsf, San Francisco
Reigning Men; Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015, LACMA Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Making Africa, Guggenheim M., CCCB Bilbao/Barcelona, Spain
AKAA: Also Known as Africa, Contemporary art and design fair, Paris, France, with October Gallery, London, UK
2015   Africa’s top models, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany
Making Africa, Vitra Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Dandy Lions, Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago, USA
Fashion & Mortality, Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria
ReSignifications, Museo Bardini, Firenze, Italy
Haute Africa, Knokke Heist festival /Noorderlicht photogallery, Groningen, Netherlands
2013   Jozi style Battles, with A-Magnin, Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris
2011   The Flying Cholitas, World Press Photo Tour, Locations Worldwide
2010-­11    The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
Africa: See You, See Me!, Museu de Cidade, Lisbon, Portugal
Visa pour l’image, Perpignan, France
Prins Claus for Culture and Development, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2009   Gentlemen of Bacongo,Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France and London Newcastle Space Project, London, UK
Ex Manifatture Tabacchi Città Della Luce, Turin Photo Festival, Turin, Italy
Auditorium Mart Museum, Rovereto Immagini, Photo Festival, Rovereto, Italy
Casa del Pane, Milan Photo Festival, Milan and African Film Festival
2008   Gentlemen of Bacongo, Canon Giovani Fotografi, Miglior Portfolio, Grazia Neri, Milan, Italy
Ian Parry Award, Getty Images Gallery, London, UK
Looking Back Glass Eye, Claire de Rouen Bookshop, London, UK 
Peckham Rising, Sassoon Gallery, London, UK
Awards and Prizes
2013    Sony World Photography Awards (nomination)
2011   World Press Photo Contest: II prize, ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT STORIES
2010   Winner ICP Infinity Award applied /fashion photography
2009   2nd Prize Amilcare Ponchielli
2007   Winner Best Portfolio Canon Young Photographer