Tag Archives: photography

Fati Abubakar, Maiduguri’s portrait photographer

We had the pleasure of meeting Fati Abubakar yesterday in our library, with enough time to engage in conversation together with a colleague about the value of photography, the role of archival collections for historical scholarship, and a chance to look at some individual slides (marveling at the intensity that Kodachrome film continues to bring […]

Database of African rock art images

Victoria Suzman, project cataloguer for the African rock art image project at the British Museum, posted to their blog on September 15, 2014: “Traces of the past: rock art and life in ancient North Africa.” The African rock art image project team here at the British Museum is currently cataloguing photographs of rock paintings and engravings from […]

Preserving African history photos

Through the collaborative efforts of organizations committed to raising awareness of the value and significance of photography in Africa, Debra Hess Norris, chair of the University of Delaware‘s Department of Art Conservation, helped create “Preservation of Photography Patrimonial in Africa (3PA): West African Image Lab,“ a four-day workshop held at the end of April in Benin, […]

Guide to historical photographs from Africa on the web

A useful and thorough guide to digital projects offering open access historical photographs from Africa on the web, from iliss Africa (internet library of sub-Saharan Africa).

Fashion news from Africa: “I am the captain of my soul”

African fashion was recently highlighted in a Guinness beer television commercial. Even more surprisingly, it featured Congolese (Brazzaville) men promoting a strong message of personal worth and agency. As the narrator says, “with every brace and every cufflink we say, ‘I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.’” See: “Ad of the […]

Nigerian history

Web site devoted to “rediscovering” Nigerian history and celebrating its centenary.

Football in rural Africa

Nice piece from Friday, November 8, 2013 at CNN by James Masters “No grass, no shoes, pure pleasure: Football in rural Africa.” It highlights photographer Jessica Hilltout’s project, and includes some of her photos. She traveled across Africa capturing the role of football in society: Hilltout spent a total of nine months traveling throughout Africa, […]