Exhibited photographers: Hilina Abebe, Gulshan Khan, Robert Nzaou-Kissolo, Ayobami Ogungbe, Fethi Sahraoui and Ngadi Smart.
Featured photographers are Daouda Corera, Dania Hany, Leke Alabi-Isama, Rahima Gambo, Eric Gyamfi, Bassam Ihab, Yoriyas Yassine Alaoui Ismaili, Mahmoud Khattab, Jacques Nkinzingabo, Donwilson Odhiambo, Brian Otieno, Mustafa Saeed, Sarah Waiswa, Biko Wesa, John Wessels, and Jodi Windvogel.
“We do not need to specifically just focus on changing stereotypes of what being African is through our visual storytelling; I think that’s an additional burden that other artists from other continents are not expected to subscribe to. I do think that through our visual storytelling, whatever theme we choose, and the quality of our work, we already do so much to challenge external perceptions of the African continent.” – Ngadi Smart, Sierra Leone
This exhibition showcases the work of African visual storytellers selected from the African Photojournalism Database (APJD). At the core of the APJD is the mission to celebrate refreshing and diverse stories told by photographers often overlooked by the global media industry—stories that are not widely seen in the current, exclusive media landscape. Offering reimagined visual narratives from across the African continent, “Foreseen” explores themes such as tradition, religion, identity, history, memory and daily life. This collection of work celebrates a new generation of photographers who are redefining what should be seen, and how, through the stories that matter to them.
A joint project of the World Press Photo Foundation and Everyday Africa, the African Photojournalism Database (APJD) is a directory of over 350 African emerging and professional African visual journalists from over 35 different countries across the continent. It was created to better connect visual journalists from Africa with the international media economy and to share the stories African visual storytellers consider important with a global audience to offer a more diverse representation of the continent.
The Everyday Projects uses photography to challenge stereotypes that distort our understanding of the world. We are creating new generations of storytellers and audiences that recognize the need for multiple perspectives in portraying the cultures that define us.
We began 10 years ago with Everyday Africa. Since then, we have become a global community of visual storytellers — documentary photographers, journalists, artists, and more — all committed to using imagery to combat harmful misperceptions and to rise above persistent inequality. As a non-profit, we work to provide opportunities for our global community and to provide structure, support, and direction for the diverse and worldwide range of Everyday photography groups.
We believe in amplifying local voices and in shifting power away from monolithic narratives dominated by a Western, top-down approach to storytelling. We work toward a future of photojournalism and visual storytelling that is inclusive and anti-racist.
The World Press Photo Foundation is a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling, founded in 1955. As a creative, independent, nonprofit organization, we encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. We exhibit those stories to a worldwide audience, educate the profession and the public on their making, and encourage debate on their meaning. We are a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling.
Foreseen: New narratives from the African Photojournalism Database
Featuring: Various Artists
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