Revisiting Verger’s Dahomey: A Photographic Contrast

In 2012, I traveled to the West African country of Benin (formerly Dahomey) armed with copies of images taken in the mid 1900s by Pierre Verger, a French photographer. I was able to find the same families, locations, vodun ceremonies and activities evident in Verger’s photographs. Through visual comparisons and stories, one may learn what has changed and what has remained the same. — Darcy Greene

Twins with mother, Ishédé, Benin, c. 1948 – 1979 — Pierre Verger
Twins with mother, Ishédé, Benin, c. 1948 – 1979 — Pierre Verger

Sèmassou twins with sister, Abomey, Benin, 2012 Darcy Greene
Sèmassou twins with sister, Abomey, Benin, 2012 — Darcy Greene

Darcy Greene

Professor, Michigan State University

@msucommarts

Darcy Greene is a visual journalism professor at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. Along with her colleague, Cheryl Pell, she has been a co-advisor of the Edmund C. Arnold student chapter of SND since 1995. Her recent photographic project, “Revisiting Verger’s Dahomey: a photographic contrast,” reflects her ongoing interest in using photography to consider what has changed and what has remained the same in people’s lives and environments over time. Darcy is very happy to share the speaker list with her past student Carrie Gee!