Media Release

28 May 2019

CLPA News 2019#1: Gender & Archives

Launch 28 May 2019

The latest issue of the CLPA News introduces our 2019 focus on gender. Questions about African women’s visibility and representation, history, and the workplace will be addressed by invited contributors and writers. In this issue Candice Jansen points to the multiplicity and depth of reading women’s role in photography in Africa and their absence in recorded history.

CLPA members respond to questions of how photography archives within their countries affect their educational strategies, identities, narratives and the contemporary concerns for representation across the spectrum in photography. It is a wide scope of understanding how members reflect on the state and role of archives on the continent and how this affects their role as educators.

In addition to the teaching and training activities from members, there is also a featured interview on Seydou Camara, Founder of Yamarou-Photo by Maheder Haileselassie.

This issue was guest edited by Maheder Haileselassie, Director of the Center for Photography in Ethiopia.

The CLPA (Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa) newsletter was established in 2016 with the support of the Goethe-Institut: initially a closed newsletter for network members to keep abreast with photography education related activities and developments across Africa. Photo: currently spearheads the CLPA newsletter as the main editor with rotating guest editors from CLPA’s member institutions.

CLPA is a closed membership.

For more information, please contact Amy Daniels  Coordinator of Photo:.


Associação AEJO                                                 Mindelo, Cabo Verde

Center of Photography in Ethiopia                   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Contemporary Image Collective                       Cairo, Egypt

École Nationale des Arts                                    Dakar, Senegal

Espace Photo Partage-DJAW/Mali                     Bamako, Mali

Kwanda Art Foundation                                      Kigali, Rwanda

Market Photo Workshop                                     Johannesburg, South Africa

Nlele Institute                                                      Lagos, Nigeria

Photo:                                                                     Johannesburg, South Africa

The Other Vision                                                  Khartoum, Sudan

Yamarou-Photo                                                   Bamako, Mali

About Centers of Learning for Photography in Africa (CLPA):

Centers of Learning for Photography in Africa is a network of independent photography education structures. CLPA was initiated in 2014 with the aim to contribute to the professionalism of African photography and to ensure future generations of skilled and conscious African photographers. CLPA is a network of photography education institutions and educators from Cabo Verde, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa a nd Sudan. CLPA is primarily committed to strengthening and promoting photography education on the African continent with the support of the Goethe Institut.

About Photo:

Photo: is the editor of the CLPA Newsletter.

Photo: develops and promotes socially relevant photography projects/work and photographers. Through curatorial and educational projects throughout the African continent and beyond, Photo: promotes emerging and practicing photographers and photography with the aim to encourage critical and experimental approaches/responses, that challenge and stimulate how we think about photography and our world. Further, through commissioning, producing and connecting photography projects and practitioners, Photo: wants to encourage dialogue, exchange, engagement and participation. Central to its vision, is the idea that photography can be a delicate tool for social change. Photo: was founded in 2016 by John Fleetwood.

About the Goethe-Institut:

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. The Johannesburg branch of the Goethe-Institut regulates the work in the Sub- Saharan countries including 11 institutes and 14 Goethe reading/cultural centers. Our Cultural Programmes Department focuses on a variety of different artistic approaches from the visual arts to drama, dance, literature, film, and others. Our goal is to support the local cultural scenes and strengthen pan-African dialogue through the arts. www.goethe.de/joburg

Contact: Amy Daniels Coordinator Photo:


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