Our Heritage Featured
Phillda Ragland-Njau of Paa Ya Paa Phillda Ragland-Njau, born in Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1939, was the first black woman photographer to be sent on...
Mekatilili Wa Menza of Kenya From the bowels of Kenya, a prophesy about British oppression had gone ahead. What also followed was that the savior woul...Our Heritage
In Our walk through Africa’s Photography History, we see that the earliest surviving photographs from Africa are mostly of Egyptian monuments. At this...
In his own words…. Born on a farm in South Africa, on the 26th of August 1947 to be exact, I spent most of my first eight years running around barefoo...Our Heritage
Born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1943, as the second son of eight children to a poor railway engineer of Punjabi descent, Mohamed Amin (Mo) was obsessed with...
A Note from the Editor
African photography, interestingly, began its journey not too long after the invention of the art form in Europe in the mid-1800’s. What, however, made photography in Africa so unique was that the early practitioners were not African and neither was the subject matter being produced, done for the local African audience. The earliest forms of photography documented the early Christian missionaries’ travels across swathes of the Continent and their work in bringing the Bible and “civilization” to the “natives”. This ideological difference between photography produced in Africa and photography produced in the rest of the world, has resulted in photography being produced that does not represent the authenticity of the African, the aspirations of the African, the hope of the African, the soul of the African, in all its beautiful black, brown and white shades. However, in the last decade or so, the sleeping giant has awoken! There is a new wind sweeping the Continent, and the world of photography is not being left behind. Our African brothers and sisters are taking the reigns over what they consider to be their voice, their face, their lives. African photographers are now behind the lens and telling their own story! This magazine seeks to capture this new voice and share it with the world!
Welcome to the African Photo Magazine!