One Photographer’s Tribute to Senegalese Female Mechanics

Photographer Anthony Kurtz’s mind-blowing account of the lives of female auto mechanics in Senegal is a visually stunning endeavor. His subjects stand poised, contemplative, and self-assured against a backdrop of crumpled metal, tires, and auto parts.

The images seem to tell half-woven stories; while the viewer is free to piece the rest of the story together through sheer imagination and wonderment. For example, one wonders how the women – whom Kurtz describes as “resilient” and resolved – came to acquire this particular trade; and how they fare as challengers and competitors among their male counterparts.

Kurtz’s series entitled “No Man’s Job” is a powerful homage both to the importance of work, and the dignity and power of choice. But even more so,  it’s a nod to the astonishingly refreshing transformation of gender roles that’s slowly but firmly taking root on the continent and beyond.

The images are retouched with a bronzed hue that adds a surprising element of elegance to an otherwise rugged mise-en-scène – capturing both space and depth.

If the intention is to glorify and elevate these women as self-determined agents, skilled artisans, norm-changers, and pioneers – then Kurtz’s ambitious and triumphant project unequivocally succeeds.


Photograph by Anthony Kurtz

Read more about the artist and see the full gallery here.

One comment
  1. Amani

    These images are AB-SOL-LUTELY stunning! Amazing how much hope they give me. And how tough and “cool” the women all look. Way cool.

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