©Raissa Karama Rwizibuka

Pandemic Street Style

Raissa Karama Rwizibuka captured these images featuring Congolese “sapeurs” showing off their pandemic fashion sense. “Sapeur” is derived from the acronym SAPE, or Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, which translates to “elegant persons who create ambience.” 

Rwizibuka is one of 11 Congolese photographers who contributed to “Congo in Conversation,” a series documenting the challenges in the Congo for six months of 2020 during the global coronavirus pandemic. The collaborative reportage project was launched by Finbarr O’Reilly, laureate of the 11th Carmignac Photojournalism Award.