Few regions remain as photographically misrepresented as Africa, but a six-part series on TV channel Al Jazeera’s Artscape is planning to change that. The series called The New African Photography will take a look at our fast-changing continent through profiles on Africa’s latest generation of photographers, who are taking back control of their image with a more nuanced portrayal.
Featured Kenyan fashion photographer Barbara Minishi says, “Don’t look at Africa and think one thing. How come this view of Africa is always the soldier or the starving child?”
The six episodes will profile the founder of annual photographic project Invisible Borders, Nigerian Emeka Okereke; leading fashion photographer in Kenya and quote-provider above, Barbara Minishi; former Fuji African Photographer of the Year Award winner, Nigerian George Osodi; Congolese photographer known globally for his images of Brazzaville members of SAPE (The Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People), Baudouin Mouanda; former street child Mario Macilau using photography to investigate the growing gap between rich and poor in Mozambique; and South Africa’s own Neo Ntsoma.
Neo is the first woman recipient of the CNN African Journalist Award for photography. During the series she revisits DJ Cleo and other well-known South African entertainers to take new portraits and discover the effects of 20 years of freedom. We’ve included some of her images here. Find out more about Neo at www.lightstalkers.org/neontsoma.