Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou’s photographs of the people of Porto-Novo, Benin (formerly Republic of Dahomey) are drawn from street life, his friends, family and studio customers. Benin is all about colour – Porto Novo is like a visual assault.In Leonce’s impressive portraits, wild combinations of locally designed Dutch imported textiles create extreme gradations between background, foreground, person and clothing. Leonce is part of a generation experiencing rapid change and his photographs capture the energy and unfettered zest for life of a people caught between tradition and progress.
Baoen Sutra Paradise, color on silk, 160.8 x 121.6 cm. Tang Dynasty, ca. 850.
The image was discovered at the Mogao Caves near Dun Huang in the “1000 Buddha cave”. Shakyamuni is seated in the center of the image. The left and right sides show scene of Prince Siddhartha as described in the Baoen Sutra.