Nubian Portraits

Last year, Ugandan photographer Papa Shabani completed an Artist-In-Residence tenure at Kuona Trust Art Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. During his time in Nairobi, he interacted with, and photographed, elders of the unrecognised Nubian community. He aimed to say tell their story through this photographic exhibition. The Nubians have a long history with the land, and…

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Are We Good Enough

Somehow, you don’t realise how much headgear is a part of the male Nigerian’s wardrobe; there’s usually one for every traditional outfit, and it’s usually handmade and intricate. We’ve never really given much thought about what these caps mean for men and for each culture, but Nigerian photographer, Lakin Ogunbanwo, brings this to the forefront…

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Nairobi’s Kabangu

When we were looking at these pictures (after first finding them), a passer-by literally stopped and we started talking about how good the photographer was, how old school the hip-hop was, and how ridiculously funny but adorable the styling was. This project, by Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia, just catches your eye. The project tells a…

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Ya Kala Ben

Photographer, Namsa Leuba, visited Conakry, Guinea in 2011 to photograph sacred ritual artifacts that were part of Guinean traditional ceremonies. Namsaย shared that in some cases, she was met with astonishment, fear and disapproval as she tried to ‘touch the untouchable’ through her lens. See the full series here

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Transitions

These images by South African photographer, Andile Buka, are so simple, but so creative. Andile shoots the front of houses in Johannesburg, with one bike setting up shop literally at their doorstops. The series is called Transitions, and is a work in progress. Would love to see more. What’s your interpretation of the series? Andile…

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Zulu Kids

Namsa Leuba photographs Zulu Kids in this adoring series. The kids range from cute toddlers to adolescents looking like they are ready to take on the world. It is quite jarring though, to see these kids in full traditional Zulu dress, with a backdrop of modern billboards, fences, and brand logos. Maybe that’s the point.…

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Segregation Story

Gordon Parks paved the way for a lot of African-Americans in the areas of photography and film. He was the first African-American to work at LIFE magazine and to direct a feature length movie, the popular Shaft. His most famous work though, may arguably be this photographic series he did for LIFE, titled Segregation Story.…

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