AfroShoot recommendations for World Book Day

World Book Day

Today as part of #WorldBookDay AfroShoot would like make some exclusive recommendations for you! Here is a list crafted with 8 books on African Photography or photo books by African photographers. At the end we also added a couple of publications that we are closely following and for which we highly recommend our readers to discover if you don’t already know them!


On African Photography

Malick Sidibè: The Portrait of Mali by Laura Incardona & Sabrina Zannier

A new monograph on the finest African photographer recognized as “the living memory of Mali”. Born in 1936 at Soloba, in the Yanfolila Cercle, Mali, Malick Sidibé is now an internationally recognized artist and is considered the greatest African photographer. In 1962, just after Mali proclaimed its independence, Sidibé opened his studio in Bamako, devoting himself to reportage and documentary photography. His famous black and white images portray youth culture and dance evenings in the Malian capital. During the ’70s he turned to highly studied studio portraits which appeared, nonetheless, extremely spontaneous and fresh. Since 1999, his work has been marked by a particularly poetic approach to portraying people from behind, managing to convey their character despite such an unusual perspective.

Africa Under the Prism: Contemporary African Photography from Lagosphoto Festival, 2015

This publication documents the first international art festival of photography in Nigeria--the Lagos Photo Festival, initiated in 2010. The festival serves as a platform for the fostering and establishment of contemporary photography in Africa, as well as within a wider, international community.

Africa Rising by Gestalten & Design Indaba, 2016

Vibrant, bold, and enigmatic. Africa Rising showcases the work of Africa’s young creatives alongside more established artists from the voluptuous continent’s vibrant metropolises.

The African artistic spirit extends far beyond the canvas and studio; a new wave of African creatives is on the rise and making a name for itself in design, fashion, photography, and architecture across Africa and abroad. While the colors, patterns, and crafts are profoundly rooted in African tradition, young designers infuse their creations with a delightfully discordant edge making them contemporary, unique, and truly pieces of African design.  

African Lens Vol. 3 by 2dots, 2016

African Lens is an independent publication featuring and celebrating African photographers both in the motherland and across the diaspora.

Featured photographers: Kgomotso Neto, Enegaa Thomas, Steven Chikosi, Khadija Farah, Darryl Kwaku Otten, Hisham A. Mamoun, Mutua Metheka

Anthology of African Photography: From 1849 to Present by David Newnham, 1998

Presenting a comprehensive chronicle of African photography, this work includes over 500 images by 160 photographers from the mid-1800s to the present. From photography’s introduction to Africa by European countries that needed to keep an eye on their colonies, to its recent use as a documentary tool against apartheid and for independence, its history encompasses, like the continent itself, a colorful and multi-faceted narrative of oppression and struggle, liberation and birth. Essays by 35 specialists from the whole world; art historians, university professors, and local journalists from all over the world as well as writers from ‘Revue Noire’ magazine provide incisive essays that document the pioneering and original work of African photographers, such as Seydou Keita, Meissa Gaye, Mama Casset, Felix Diallo, Malick Sidibe, Cornelius August, Billy Monk, Santu Mofokeng, Pierrot Men, Catheryn Pinnock, Bob Gosani, and many others.

Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography by Okwui Enwezor, 2006

Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography gathers approximately 250 works by 30 artists from across the continent, an amazingly wide range of individual artistic responses to the unprecedented shifts taking place in Africa's economic, social and cultural spheres. In addition to introducing audiences to the multiple imaginations and voices of today's African artists, Snap Judgments explores the ways photo-based art has developed across the dialectic of traditional African aesthetic values and Western influences.

Haute Africa: People. Photography. Fashion by Christophe De Jaegher & Ramona Van Gansbeke, 2014

'Haute Africa' does not refer to a geographical location but to fashion on the African continent. Haute couture is most frequently associated with Paris, Milan, London and New York. Connecting Africa to the associated luxury and decadence of the fashion industry in this way, creates a new and exciting concept that challenges traditional pre-conceived ideas and perceptions of Africa. 'Haute Africa' presents a different side of a continent where fashion and design, crucially generate wealth. This flourishing creativity is expressed within a vibrant and growing fashion industry. African artists, designers, fashion designers, entrepreneurs and photographers are increasingly visible within the fashion scene with their inspired take on African identity. This is a collection of some of the most exciting, innovative designs that are inspired by the land and its people, the colourful diversity of its cultural traditions, its beautiful landscape and sense of rooted identity.

BKO - RAK - From Bamako to Marrakesh by Revue Noire, 1999

A book that speaks about them, about their strange and immediate world where building is less important than speaking, where in the end objects and even corpses are not worth much and that images of this world made of warmth, tenderness, vertigo and desire.

2 very interesting initiatives that AfroShoot wishes to highlight

Little Africa, 2016

Little Africa invites you to an unexpected journey within the French capital, Paris. Take a new look at the first worldwide destination ! Explore atypical restaurants, unusual activities, incredible shops, inescapable events … You could even prepare your trip for Africa! This very unique Paris will no longer have secrets for you. Get immediately on board for an African stopover in the deep heart of Paris.

Esprit Bavard, 2011 - 2017

Algerian news analysed, commented under the magnifying glass of numerous eyes: journalists, sociologists, historians, artists that can create debates of ideas, exchanges or confrontations. All this with a step back and some distance to go beyond the immediate information to try and understand the complexity of Algeria within its cultural and social dimensions.  A very interesting project still seeking for funding right here: