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King of Melanin

He calls himself the world’s first king of melanin. And in fact, one of the first things that catches the eye, looking at Walter Keys’ shots, is the way the skin of his models is exalted to become precious glowing ebony.

Beyond this effect, all the sensuality, ritual, tradition, and the typical pride and good mood of African people. We’re in Kampala, Uganda, bordering Lake Victoria — Africa’s largest lake —, where the tribal heritage is still guarded with great respect. Halfway between documentary and fashion photography, Walter gives us a glimpse of this heritage in a candid and pleasant way.

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