Photo: is compiling a database of writers from Southern Africa. As a platform for the promotion of photography work, Photo: wants to help develop the practice of writing about photography in the region, today. The platform wants to promote collaborative partnerships between democraSEE award recipients, finalists and selected writers for the database.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Goldblatt, a photographer whose life’s work documented the impact of the structural divide of Apartheid and its legacy in South Africa. He developed a critical position not just on the subject but an unflinching position in his mode in photography.
Goldblatt was a world-renowned photographer and he will be remembered by the many photographers who he mentored and engaged with to re-write the country’s narratives in telling our own stories. His memory lives on through the work of all of those who have passed through the Market Photo Workshop.
Photo: director, John Fleetwood, has been invited to curate an exhibition for Kerkennah01 , an international photography festival, directed by Olfa Feki, set on the Kerkennah Islands, off the coast of Sfax, Tunisia. Fleetwood is one of five curators invited to curate an exhibition for the festival, his fellow curators are, Jeanne Mercier (France), Missla Libsekal (Canada), Valentine Busquet (France) and Hejer Chelbi (Tunisia).
Photo: and the Photography Education Trust in association with A4 Arts Foundation hosted the third of its 10:10 platforms on 20 Feb 2018 in Cape Town.
10:10 is an interaction format dedicated to creating the possibility for emerging and practicing photographers to test new ideas, to develop (or sustain) bodies of work, build further personal and critical skills and receive critical feedback.
As part of the Bamako Forum at the 11th Edition of the Rencontres de Bamako, John Fleetwood moderated a discussion ‘The position of identity’ with artists Héla Ammar (Tunisia), Eric Gyamfi (Ghana), Dawit L. Petros (Eritrea – Canada) and Admire Kamundzengerere with cultural theorist George Shire (Zimbabwe).
Photo: is proud to announce the Recipient of democraSEE 1.
Senga is the inaugural recipient of the democraSEE award, democraSEE 1. With the R40,000 grant, he will work in collaboration with a mentor/curator of his choice to produce a body of work over the next year.
Photo: is proud to present democraSEE - a new photography award and mentorship platform. democraSEE aims to develop and show important contemporary photography stories and content that deal with social and political issues and imaginaries from the Southern African region . It wants to create a space to acknowledge photographers and photography’s role and position in relation to the world. Furthermore, it intends to support the growth of visual languages in photography.
The Annual Photographers' Master Class took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 24 - 29 September. Curators Simon Njami, John Fleetwood, Katrin Peters-Klaphake, Akinbode Akinbiyi and Frédérique Chapuis worked with a group of 12 photographers from sub-Sahara Africa.
In its first phase, the Survey of Photography Learning Initiatives on the African Continent plots a map of the photography training and learning initiatives that are currently operating in Africa. These institutions, amongst many others, have been identified as part of a larger survey to assess the landscape of photography training on the continent, with the aim of creating a framework of support, exchange and building critical skills for trainers and institutions. The map/survey, conducted by Photo: and initially commissioned by the Goethe-Institut, South Africa, as part of the initiative, Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa, is an ongoing project.
The Photography, Architecture and Archive Project was a weeklong photography workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Initiated and run by the Centre for Photography in Ethiopia, the project run from 29 May - 6 June 2017
The Catchupa Factory residency included 12 selected photographers from Portuguese speaking countries including Cabo Verde, Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mozambique. The residency looked at issues of contemporary art in Africa, brief overviews of the history of colonial views in Africa and the field of photography in general.
Photographers from multiple experiences and backgrounds gather to exchange with selected guests. For this round we were happy to have Maheder Tadese (Ethiopia) as practitioner and Raymond Dakoua (Ivory Coast/Belgium) as one of the observers joining Mfundi Vundla (Photography Education Trust member) Marion Claudel and Laurie Chevrot (Institute Français South Africa) and Candice Jansen (PhD candidate at WISER).
Ethiopian photographer, Maheder Tadese, completed a 10-day professional networking programme and mentorship in Johannesburg with Photo: to develop ideas for her forthcoming photography platform to assist and develop emerging photographers in Addis Ababa.
In many emerging economies, cities are redefined by rapid urbanization, new economies and transformation of identities. As part of the National Biennale for Photography in Denmark, Brandts presents collections from more than 20 photographers from the BRICS countries. Under the theme Cities and Memory, Brazilian, Russian, Indian, Chinese and South African photographers work was curated to reflect on some of these transitions.
Photo: hosted the first of a series of its 10:10 platform on 14 Nov 2016.
10:10 is a presentation format where 10 photographers have not more than 10 minutes each to present and talk about their work. Relying on peer review the 10:10 format aims to break the ice, as an informal gathering with selected observers which in this first edition included Michael Famighetti and Brendan Wattenburg (Aperture Magazine), Laurie Chevrot (Institute Français South Africa), Georg Gatsas (Swiss photographer) and Mika Conradie (Curator/ Writer).