Images of Current Affairs: Press Photography and Archives in Africa

Basel University Library | Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel
28 April – 26 August 2017 | Monday to Saturday | 9:00-22:00
Guided tour: Wednesday 21 June 2017 at 18:00
Further events will be announced on the African Photography Initiatives’ website and Facebook.

The exhibition Images of Current Affairs: Press Photography and Archives in Africa is organized and curated by African Photography Initiatives (APhI). Offering a visit to African press photo archives it looks back on the past, lives in the present and takes a glimpse into the future. The exhibition highlights important developments and changes that have shaped press photography in Africa. The exhibition focuses on the cultural-historical significance and the research potential of press photographs and press photo archives in Africa and is a plea for their conservation, protection and use.

Links

african-photography-initiatives.org
facebook.com/africanphotographyinitiatives
africaphotography.org

Photographs from the exhibition

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Cover photograph of the exhibition Images of Current Affairs: Press Photography and Archives in Africa i: Arriving of E.M.L. Endeley at Foumban Conference, 1961. From left to right: P.M. Kemcha, Dr. E.M.L. Endeley, Justice S.M.L. Endeley and Emmanuel Mbwaye (photographe). NEG_6986. Infocam Photographer. © MINCOM Cameroon.

Independent_S20F_010_72_dpiA man defies apartheid laws by walking upstairs in an area reserved for non-whites. Cape Town. 14 August 1973. Cape Times photographer. © Independent Newspapers.

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Prime Minister and Vice President´s tour of West Cameroon, 1965. NEG_4626. Infocam Photographer. © MINCOM Cameroon.

3_G5690_72_dpiWorkers return to the impoverished ‘Bantustan’ of KwaNdebele from their places of work in Pretoria, 1984. This photograph was taken at 9 pm. Most would have caught a bus at 2:45 am in order to be at work at 7 am, totalling about eight hours of travel a day. Included in the book “The transported to KwaNdebele”. David Goldblatt (Collective Afrapix). The original is in possession of the University of Cape Town Libraries. © David Goldblatt.

02_Orenda_Thaís_Medina_72_dpiAFRICA, 2015. © Adalberto Abbate. From the project “Multiple Gazes of a Country’s Photographed Past”.

Adalberto Abbate, AFRICA_72_dpiOrenda #2, 2015. © Thaís Medina. From the project “Multiple Gazes of a Country’s Photographed Past”.