Archive for the ‘African Photographers’ Category

Cedric Nunn: Gazing at the South African Landscape to Reconnect the Present with its History

© Cedric Nunn

Cedric Nunn, born in 1957, is a South African photographer. In the course of the interview, he connects his past steps as an engaged photographer against apartheid with his current concerns for social justice in his country and beyond. He also focus here on his latest project “UNSETTLED: One Hundred Year Xhosa War of Resistance,” [...]

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Ananias Léki Dago: Being There Where Things Are Fragile

Alexandra Township, Afrique du Sud, 2007, © Ananias Léki Dago

Ivorian photographer Ananias Léki Dago was born in 1970.  After a ten-year absence from his country following the Ivoirian crisis which forced him into exile in France, but which at the same time gave him the opportunity to experiment and travel at length in other African countries, he has finally returned to the Ivory Coast [...]

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François-Xavier Gbré: Combining Images and Signs to Reflect Complexity

© François-Xavier Gbré

Born in 1978 in Lille, France, photographer François-Xavier Gbré is particularly interested in architecture and the traces that history leaves on it over time. After a period spent in Italy, where he worked in the world of fashion, he settled in Bamako and began working on  the Olympic pool at the Modibo Keita Stadium, built [...]

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Mário Macilau: Aging…an Encumbering Blessing?

© Mário Macilau

Born in 1984 in Maputo, Mozambique, Mário Macilau is a documentary photographer highly concerned with environmental issues and the living and working conditions of the most vulnerable people. His work has been displayed at different festivals and venues internationally. A recent exhibition of his body of work “Esquecidos” (Forgotten), dedicated to elderly African people, was [...]

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Bruno Boudjelal: Algeria, Troubling Proximities

© Bruno Boudjelal / Agence Vu

Born in 1961, the Franco-Algerian photographer Bruno Boudjelal is a member of the VU agency. After a ten-year photographic project in Algeria that led to the publication of the book, Disquiet Days / Jours intranquilles, which traces his personal journey and links his quest for family to the wider Algerian context. In 2009, he decided [...]

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Charles Okereke: Creating Awareness With Art

Gulliver

Charles Okereke is a photographer and artist born in Nigeria in 1966. His work has been exhibited at different venues and festivals in Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Spain and Switzerland. A recent display of his in Manchester, UK called The Canal People raises questions about environmental issues in Nigeria and more broadly in our global world. [...]

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“Downtown Memories” by Ali Chraïbi: Streaks Of Light, Reminiscent Memories

© Ali Chraïbi

Photographer Ali Chraïbi was born in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 1965. In the following interview, he offers a fine analysis of “Downtown Memories”, the work presented here, in which his motivations, intuitions and desires meet the overarching preoccupation behind his photography: the attempt to bring out beauty there where it is least expected. Q; Ali, when [...]

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Filipe Branquinho: To Keep Photographing the Story of the People…

Jorge Macate, Baker © Felipe Branquinho

Filipe Branquinho is a multi-talented artist living and working in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, where a long-standing tradition of photography exists. After studying architecture at University, he decided to devote his work completely to photography. Through his ongoing documentary project, “Occupations,” which is presented here, we follow his steps into Maputo’s different locations and [...]

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Casablanca: Marco Barbon’s Images of Silence

Casablanca. Le Habbous. 2010

Looking at the body of work that photographer Marco Barbon is compiling with the intricacy of an expert craftsman, we can distinguish several defining characteristics that the artist repeatedly questions. Those characteristics, in return, structure his work and create connections between the different series that comprise it. Amongst these are the question of the “ambiguous” [...]

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Abdoulaye Barry: “Through photography, I Want to Take On My Share of Responsibility”

© Abdoulaye Barry

Abdoulaye Barry is a Chadian photographer, who was born in N’Djamena in 1980. Following the presentation of a monographic exhibition of his work at the recent Rencontres de Bamako photo festival, we spoke with him about his Pêcheurs de nuit (Night Fishermen) series taken on Lake Chad in 2010, about his professional path and about [...]

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Michael Tsegaye, Future Memories, Part Two

Working Girls

As an art school student studying painting, Michael Tsegaye thought “photography was too easy and a bit boring compared to painting — all you had to do with it was click on a button!” It wasn’t until a few years later when he became allergic to the oil paints that he began to explore photography [...]

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Michael Tsegaye: Future Memories, Part One

© Michael Tsegaye

Michael Tsegaye is an Ethiopian photographer, born in 1975. His work has been exhibited in Africa (Bamako, Addis-Abeba), Europe (Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam) and the Americas (New York, Miami, Memphis, Mexico City). Michael Tsegaye lives and works in Addis-Abeba, the capital city of Ethiopia. This is how Michael explains what he chooses to portray, “As [...]

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Marc Shoul: Looking for Complex Images That Transport

Enzo; Brakpan 2011 © Marc Shoul

Marc Shoul is a South African photographer, born in 1975 in Port Elizabeth. Interested in exploring social issues, four years ago he began photographing the city of Brakpan, which is a 45-minute drive from Johannesburg. Street scenes and more intimate portraits compose a personal portrayal of a place that is “anchored in time, the same, [...]

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Pierrot Men: Poetry in Black and White

© Pierrot Men

Marian Nur Goni of Africultures had the chance to speak with Pierrot Men, a key figure in Madagascan photography and well beyond. He just published a monographic series retracing thirty years of work. You can read the interview below in English or in French. Q: Your name is a reference today. I know a lot of [...]

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Baudouin Mouanda: The Ins and Outs of S.A.P.E.

© Baudouin Mouanda

As we have mentioned before, the main goal of this blog is to spotlight the work of photographers using Leica equipment. However, we also feel responsible for highlighting photographic works from all regions of the world and offering you engaging content. In this case, we wanted to showcase the work of Baudouin Mouanda photographing Congolese [...]

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