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African Photography: Documentary, Part 9

Posted in Photography  |  August 24, 2019
Today, African photographers are more interested in depicting contemporary Africans in ordinary situations. They create their unique visual language to build imagery on the complexity of daily life, using various forms of photographic practice including video, filmmaking, and multimedia installations. They are exploring the dizzying topics of urban transformation, massive migration, and social adaptation that form the realities of diverse groups across Africa.

African Photography: Studio Portraiture, Part 10

Posted in Photography  |  July 27, 2019
Today, a new generation of visual artists is using multiple platforms to push their ideas. Often working at the confluence of fashion, portraiture, and documentary photography, they are using their skills as a means of self-exploration and communication. They capture the aesthetics of diversity in relation to prevailing conventional ideas of beauty and power. The images are reflective of the photographer’s own desire to better know and understand a condition that exists in the periphery of our world.

African Photography: Social Documentary, Part 6

Posted in Photography  |  June 29, 2019
Social documentary photography uses narrative to explore significances beyond what is strictly visible. Sometimes the narrative is conveyed through the choreography of elements within a single image or the juxtaposition of several images within a set of pictures. Photographers are storytellers of events and moments from the everyday life. They built long-term relationships with people and communities whom they photograph. Their photos represent a social engagement and political statement necessary to reflect on the transformation of their society.

In Conversation with Zanele Muholi

Posted in Photography  |  April 27, 2019
Zanele Muholi produces politically impactful work that seeks to preserve and document the history of LGBT individuals and communities through photography. Influenced by the violence and atrocities against black lesbians in post-Apartheid South Africa, she considers herself a visual activist more than an artist. Her work is mostly about bringing visibility of queers in the black community through captivating and documented stories. She deals with the different ideas behind her images, using photography as an instrument of healing and self-valuation.

African Photography: Documentary, Part 8

Posted in Photography  |  April 20, 2019
Today, more engaged and creative African photographers are pushing the envelope to reveal how their continent’s society has and continues to transform. Some have spent their careers as photojournalists; others started to explore themes of urban identity, gender politics, religious movements, and societal turmoil among many others. Through their hard work, they are paving the way for other photographers and raising awareness on specific issues faced by the inhabitants.