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Photographs by Pej Behdarvand

8.5" ×11" 32 Pages
Softcover Perfect binding
Published 2014



Bingwa is a Swahili word that translates not only as "expert" or "competent," but also as "bodybuilder." This project began when the photographer stumbled across a website featuring African bodybuilding and was struck by the appeal that bodybuilding has around the world, even in impoverished rural Africa. Behdarvand traveled to Kenya and Uganda and documented the homemade gyms and equipment and photographed a local bodybuilding contest. He was amazed by the resourcefulness and determination these men possessed by taking up bodybuilding in countries where there are so few resources, opportunities and facilities for it.

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