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Made you look: these guys are slicker than you'll ever be

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Miriam Bouteba
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The Photographers' Gallery has a new exhibition which, while exploring the idea of the black identity and challenging gender norms, will also make you feel like a very inferior human being indeed.

Curated by writer Ekow Eshun, the images show the black dandy through time and space, with photographs gathered from across the globe and from as far back as 1904. The one thing that all the pictures have in common is that the men looking out of them are all way better dressed than you could ever hope to be. From the immaculate tailoring of the Senegalese guys in the black and white studio prints from the Larry Dunstan Archive, to the incomparable pattern clashing in Hassan Hajjaj's work, the men are elegant, impeccably dressed and seriously sharp. 

See some snaps from the show below:

Liz Johnson-Artur

Samuel Fosso

Hassan Hajjaj

Unattributed, courtesy of The Larry Dunstan Archive

Jeffrey Henson-Scales

Read the full exhibition review here and our feature about London's summer of black photography.

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