Best Portraits of Africa: Black and White Edition by Mario Gerth

In Benin, scars on the face –more specifically in the apples of the cheek – represent heritage, ethnicity, beauty or clan ties. Etched into the skin during infancy, these artificial dimples come in a variety of hash mark patterns depending on where you are from. If your mother is from one tribe and your father from another, they both have to create the pattern of their own origin on each one cheek. Your mum right and your father the left site. Its a kind of passport you carry day in and out. – Mario Gerth

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Together with extensive travel experience and countless journeys it still amazes me how excited I become when I am provided with the details of my new projects. Capturing the moment on screen, and allowing people to experience a place or a feeling as if they were there is always at the forefront of my mind and the core goal of everything I do.

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