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In times of adversity, the survival mechanism in man also emerges. The creative solutions to get through this period as well as possible are endless. And that has always been the case. Sanlé Sory (1943) lives in Burkina Faso and started his career as a photographer in 1960 when the then Upper Volta became independent from France. In an effort to hearten the population, he started the Volta Photo Studio, where young people could have picture taken. Fashionable clothes were present, trendy sunglasses, hats and chains. You could choose a setting where, for a moment, you could imagine yourself being in another world; an unreachable world of glamour and wealth. By means of decor backgrounds of, for example, an airport, metropolis or beach and props such as a telephone or un umbrella, the photos show a surreal image that reflects the spirit of the times in an artificial environment.