Get to know the 2019 inaugural OSISA Photography Scholarship at Market Photo Workshop recipien 

Pamela Tulizo, was welcomed to South Africa at the beginning of February to study the Intermediate Course in photography at the Market Photo Workshop for three months, on a full photography scholarship.

This scholarship is funded by The Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA). The fund insures that the recipient’s travel and accommodation costs, tuition fee, insurance costs and living expenses for their duration of their studies are fully covered.

More on the Scholarship:

The Scholarship is aimed extending the reach of the Market Photo Workshop in to the SADC region through making accessible to photographers learning and teaching in critical visual narratives development, including exposure to the photography practice outside of their home countries. This in turn will enhance Market Photo Workshop’s exposure to the practice in the region . The recipient will undertake learning in the 12 weeks long Intermediate Course in photography, which contains the following modules – Technical Practice in both analogue and digital photography, Post Production, Analogue and Digital Printing, Applied Photography, Visual Narrative, Visual Literacy, Project Development and Professional Practice. The recipient is expected to be in Johannesburg from for the duration of the training programme including related mentoring activities.

About Pamela Tulizo:

Tuliza, is a photographer from Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who found her passion for photography while working on the field in Goma as a journalist. It was after three years of learning from other photographers, attending master classes and being mentored that she was convinced that photography was for her. “I wanted to be a photographer but I didn’t know where to study it. There are no photography schools in Goma,” says Tuliza.

“It was after meeting Lekgetho Makola (Head of the Market Photo Workshop), in Lumbasi – during an event, that I researched the school and saw there was an open call which I applied in,” added Tuliza. The open call was made in mid-November 2018.

Just weeks into the Intermediate Course in Photography, Tuliza was asked what she plans to do with both the experience she gains in South Africa and the Market Photo Workshop. Beaming with excitement, Tuliza said, “I plan on going back to Goma with a new point of view and perspective. This bursary was a dream come true because just studying photography is very expensive, so getting this opportunity will push me to work hard and learn more.

I see this experience helping better my skills, improving my work and becoming a better professional photographer. Not may people believed in me becoming a female photographer, so I have to take what I learn her and show people what women can do.”

Tuliza plans on working on a body of work that will show powerful women, illustrating equality and that will change how people in society see women of Goma. Hoping that life will change after this.

More information on the Intermediate Course in Photography:

The Intermediate Course is a 15-week fulltime course aimed to get you to operate with photography skill, knowledge and experience at an intermediate level. The Intermediate Course is aimed at preparing you for the creative, conceptual, technical and professional demands of photographic practice. On completion of this course you will be able to photograph process and print photographs at an entry professional level. By the end of the course you should have a clear idea of what area of photography you wish to operate in (media, documentary, commercial, art/concept), as well as have a comprehensive set of skills that will enable you to develop your chosen area of specialization.

You would also be in a position to undertake modest professional assignments and charge entry-level fees for doing so. You should also be able to work as a photographer’s assistant on more ambitious assignments within the various streams of photography. The intermediate course gives you a clear basis from where you can launch into the Advanced Programme in Photography or the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme at the Market Photo Workshop.

The Open Society Initiative for South Africa (OSISA):

The Open Society Initiative for South Africa is an African Institution committed to creating a deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing good governance in the region. The organization promotes and sustains the ideals, values, institutions and practices of an open society. Making the organization a grant making and advocacy foundation that is part of the global Open Society Foundations Network.