'Origin', the history of coffee told by Jakob de Boer

Mar 01, 2016 | written by:

The words are not always necessary to tell good stories: Jakob de Boer, a Canadian photographer, producer and director has understood this thing very well and, through a black and white photographic storytelling, he wanted to show the history of coffee through fragments of life of small producers' communities.

The Canadian artist, with his 16 large format plates, traces the journey of the coffee, primary source of livelihood for the people of the equatorial belt and beloved and consumed beverage all over the world. Starting from the daily work of local producers on the plantations, and then moving on to the cultivation and harvest of this precious resource, Jakob de Boer tries to capture the essence of the relationship between human and nature, representing the indissoluble bond that unites them.

The photographic project 'Origin' was born last spring when the artist visited for the first time the coffee plantations of Songwa in Tanzania, where La Marzocco, the Florentine company specialized in the production of professional coffe machines, working for years in support of local communities. Jakob de Boer tries to give voice, through images, to the stories of small Tanzanian communities and shows at the same time all the charm and beauty of the African landscape that is the backdrop.


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