Togo's football team has faced major challenges in recent years; with a 2007 helicopter crash and a 2010 ambush attack on the national team bus, their goals were temporarily crushed. Finally, in 2013, Togo was once again included in the Africa Cup of Nations. Togo beat Algeria and tied with Tunisia, qualifying them for the first time in history for the quarterfinals, and triggering massive spontaneous street celebrations. These pictures depict the spontaneous chaos and excitement in the streets of Lome on those nights.
Tariq Zaidi (a self taught photographer) has become one of those success stories one occasionally reads about. In Jan 2014, he gave up a senior corporate position, to follow his dream of becoming one of the world’s most respected travel portrait photographers with the aim of capturing the dignity, purity and soul of people, within their environment. Over 90 of his images have already won several major international photography awards. Tariq has held numerous exhibitions and published two books. He has successfully completed commissions in Sierra Leone, Cuba, Russia, Cambodia, Uganda, UAE, Japan and recently in the remote Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra, Indonesia. He is also a Getty Image contributor and has taught courses on Photojournalism and Digital Photography, at the prestigious Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and other photographic institutions in the UK. In search of truly unique images, Tariq continues to travel around the world. He is also working on his 3rd publication The White Building, Living in the Shadow of Modern Phnom Penh. The book forms part of an ongoing personal project to develop a visual anthology capturing the dignity of mankind in some of the poorest communities in the world. Tariq can be contacted through his website www.tariqzaidi.com, his Facebook page TariqZaidiPhotography or twitter @tariqzaidiphoto.