Call for Photography Writers in Southern Africa

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. 

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In Memory of David Goldblatt

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. 

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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). 

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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.

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Bamako Forum at the Rencontres de Bamako

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).

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Roundtable discussion: Photography, a Tool for Emancipation in South Africa

Rubis Mécénat is celebrating in 2017 the fifth anniversary of its socio-cultural project Of Soul and Joy,in partnership with the Photo Saint-Germain festival, Paris, France

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New Award for Contemporary Southern African Photography

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.

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Amy Daniels
Nairobi Photographers' Masterclass

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.

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Survey of Photography Training and Learning Initiatives on the African Continent

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.

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