Asphalt Chronicles #02
Numéro 02 — Dakar [Sold Out]
My quest to explore the depths of playground culture most recently took me to Sénégal, where I had the opportunity to document the local basketball scene twice in May 2014 & 2015. There’s a deep love for sports out there, and the game has a genuine history in the westernmost city of the old world.
Sénégal has many battlefields, mostly outdoors on concrete. In Dakar, where the competition is tough - tough enough to generate NBA caliber athletes such as Makhtar N’Diaye, the first Senegalese player who reached the NBA and played with the Fab Five Michigan. Or Gorgui Dieng from Kébémer, the latest player to reach the big league who was at that time renovating his childhood court and raising funds to improve the quality of the hospital in his hometown.
Throughout my journey, I also met dedicated and passionate people like Amadou Fall, the founder of the SEED project, NBA Champion Boris Diaw with his Babac’ards organization, and individuals who are sincerely trying to make a difference by reactivating the game and educating the youth in their communities.
When you purchase the magazine, you also get a screenprint of one photo from Sénégal by French artist Olivier Marescaux.
36 Photographs by Kevin Couliau
+ a screen print of a Kevin Couliau photo by artist Olivier Marescaux
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Asphalt Chronicles #03
Numéro 03 — Paris
In order to understand the French capital's deep history, we had to sit down with the very pioneers of this movement. Names like Moustapha Sonko, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, and Amara Sy, amongst others, still resound from their exploits at the pro-level but most importantly, from the impact they had on the asphalt throughout the country.
The coexistence with organized basketball has not always been easy for some like Samuel Nadeau or Sacha Giffa, but undeniably, the playground raised them, built their character, toughened their game, and taught them the winning spirit. Women like Diana Gandega or Rym Chaouche are the perfect example of this passage through the school of hard knocks to earn their spot and silence the machos.
The court can be a place of socialization and a rallying point. Whether it’s in Pigalle through the initiatives of Stephane Ashpool, or Arthur Oriol in the 14th arrondissement, the basketball movement, and its dynamism has helped galvanize the youth with the positive virtues of sport. When considering the entire city of Paris as a whole, there are hundreds of locations loaded with basketball history.
Stalingrad, Champs de Mars, Père Lachaise, Luxembourg… Cultural epicenters that unfortunately fade away over time due to global politics underrating the benefits of sport in urban areas.
Today, initiatives such as the Quai 54 tournament, court renovations, or the creation of indoor facilities such as Hoops Factory vividly contribute to the rise of the basketball movement in the city of lights.
58 Photographs by Kevin Couliau
Asphalt Chronicles #01
Numéro 01 — Manila [Sold Out]
In the Philippines, Basketball isn't just a game; it's life!
Filipinos eat, drink, & dream basketball. You will find people talking, watching, & playing hoops everywhere, from the cluttered, shanty streets of Manila, the country's capital, to one of the world's most beautiful islands of Boracay.
Basketball made its way to the territory when the Americans set up military bases in the Philippines during World War I. They taught the game to the locals, who quickly embraced it & engrained it into their daily lives...
24 photographs by Kevin Couliau
5 playgrounds in Manila
Offset CMYK printing, manufactured in the UK.
The magazine is wrapped in a transparent envelope with an exclusive Pantone + Silver Ink postcard, everything hand sealed with a custom wax logo.
Asphalt Chronicles #01+02 Reissue
Numéro 01+02 — Reissue
Asphalt Chronicles, Issue 01+02 Reissue [sold out]
Double magazine, 96 pages
Numéro 01, Manila
Originally released in 2014
24 photos, 5 playgrounds
Texts by Bobbito Garcia & Banjo Albano
Numéro 02, Dakar
Originally released in 2016
Featuring Makhtar Ndiaye, Boris Diaw, Gorgui Dieng,
Amadou Gallo Fall and more than 10 iconic playgrounds.
20 € + shipping