When French colonial forces pulled out of Guinea following its declaration of independence in 1958, they notoriously even took the lightbulbs.
Discussions of West African portrait photography tend to gravitate towards the 1960s and 1970s, the era of such well-known artists as Seydou Keïta, Malick Sidibé, and Samuel Fosso.
“Once everyone gets their own camera, they won’t need us anymore,” one of the photographers told Tache. “Who knows, maybe they will shoot even better than us. We will disappear little by little and only the laboratories will remain, for the customers.”