I just came across an exciting opportunity for photographers based across Africa. Agility are hosting a continent wide photo competition and are specifically searching for images that highlight “today’s vibrant, modern African reality”. Winners can win up to $4,000.00 in three categories: industry, technology and cities.
For more details about how to enter this competition and what exactly the judges are looking for, click here.
Last year’s winners in each category are below:
I find beauty everywhere, but its on Instagram that I find the beauty as seen by others – and I love experiencing the lives of others by what they visually put on their Instagram feeds.
One of my favourite pages is @BeBeautifulla. Check out a few of my favourite posts and follow if you enjoy :-)
The work of Ivorian digital artist and storyteller, Paul Sika, is as thought provoking as it is captivating. I especially love the extreme visual quality of his images, which, for me, entices me to engage with every single detail of each image.
There is serious beauty in the rawness of his work. The more I look at it, the more I love it.
Ghanaian photographer, Zohra Opoku, is debuting her solo exhibition at the Armory in NYC. Her work explores what it means to grow up in the West, and later, confront a set of ideas about blackness, Africa, and belonging—as both an artist and a woman.
I recently discovered the work of Omar Victor Diop and I had fun exploring his art via his website. I was particular struck by his ‘Studio of Vanities‘ collection of photographs. He explains it best himself:
These are the fresh faces of the continent’s urban culture. They are black, arabs, caucasian, asian…it doesn’t matter. They are creative and ambitious, but most importantly, they dedicate their everyday lives to making their dreams a reality. In this series, the objective is to portray a generation which endeavors to showcase the African urban universe and its blossoming art production and exchanges.
The intent is to go beyond the strictly aesthetic depiction of a beautiful youth… Every portrait is the outcome of a collaboration between the sitter and the photographer.
Check out some of my favorite pieces from the collection below:
No matter where in the world you are, the iconography associated with African art his slowing pushing its way into popular culture. From its use in Beyoncé’s groundbreaking Beyoncé visual album to the global popularity of Dashiki prints, African art and culture is steading becoming a feature of global popular culture – and its exciting!
However, being interested in the increasing popularity of African iconography in popular culture, for me, is just one side of the coin. For me, the social and cultural history of each region on the continent fascinates me just as much – even aware of the challenges with Africa’s historical rhetoric.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is hosting an online exhibition entitled, “Sailors & Daughters: Early Photography and the Indian Ocean, which shows 19th century scenes of ‘Swahili Coast Daughters’ and the ‘Zanibar Cosmorama’ in addition to ‘scenes from Oman’, ‘Qajar, Persia’, and portraits from the Indian Ocean. The exhibition focuses on “…the diverse cross-section of the region’s people and their cosmopolitan cities by the sea.”
Personally, I’m particularly interested in the images from East Africa, but its still good viewing them within the broader context of being along ancient Indian Ocean trade routes. Make sure you check out the exhibition here.