The workers time forgot

Kavina (left) is a fifty-year-old grandmother who works as a maid. She came to Kenya as a refugee from Uganda; her entire family was killed during the Idi Amin regime. Florence, also a maid, is forty-seven years old and comes from Kakamega, in western Kenya.

Madagascar-born photographer Guillaume Bonn’s recent photo-essay, Silent Lives. Bonn, a politics and economics graduate of Montreal University who grew up in Nairobi, chose instead to document the working lives of the “house girls”, chauffeurs and night watchmen employed by Kenya’s black, white and Asian upper-class elite. His observant eye singles out ritual and dress; not only are the vestiges of Kenya’s colonial past quietly revealed, direct affinities are traced with labour conditions in post-apartheid South Africa. www.guillaumebonn.tumblr.com

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