Frédérik Houngny Hounkpevi
1914, Dahomey (now Benin) - 1944, Benin
Houngny began his career in Abomey-Calavi in the 1930s, before Dahomey became independent. He started out as a portrait photographer of families, young married couples, and graduates. Once he had acquired enough experience, he moved to Cotonou, and then settled in Porto-Novo where he began working for the governors of Dahomey. He immortalised many scenes of the colonial period by following the French settlers all over the country. After Dahomey’s independence, he became an official government photographer. His photographs are a unique testimony of Benin's history and society.
Frédérik Houngny Hounkpevi. Untitled, n.d.