to avoid paying a construction fee, jack mubiru, a father of the skateboarding scene in uganda, fabricated a story about building a private enclosure for a pet crocodile. most local officials and neighborhood residents had never heard of skateboarding. yet six years later, the sport has spread from the skate park to the streets, attracting children as young as five and adult women.
photographer yann gross always takes his deck with him on his journeys. during one trip to eastern africa, yann encountered a group of skaters in kitintale, a suburb of kampala, who had built the first and only half pipe in uganda. he ended up spending several months with the skaters, becoming a full member of the group, documenting a unique skate culture that, given the area’s contingencies, has styles and tricks all its own.
Robert Flynt - Your Numbered Days (published 2001)
"The format of the Birthday Book or perpetual calendar is the armature for this text-free artist’s book.
Usable for a variety of purposes, this pocket-sized publication consists of a space for each day of the year, accompanied by turn-of-the-century images from 1997 to early 2001. All of the images are made through the juxtaposition of a found tintype (usually 19th Century) with a figure (or figures) photographed either underwater or in a darkened studio by flashlight.”