Week 14 Course Update: Africa

The last week of the semester is here. While most class time is now devoted to working on and presenting essays and final projects, Past Tense, Present Tense was packed solid with good photography this week. The subject was Africa, presented by guest lecturer Kunbi Oni. It had never really occurred to me just how ignorant I was about the wealth of incredible African photography and its rich history.

So, for this week, let’s go to Africa!

Urias Gill, ca 1854-160. Augustus Washington.
Urias Gill, ca 1854-160. Augustus Washington. Click on image to learn more.

Sierra Leone seems to have had a very active postcard business with scenes like this:

Nichols Bridge, Freetown Sierra Leone. Lisk-Carew Brothers.
Nichols Bridge. Freetown, Sierra Leone. Lisk-Carew Brothers.

And this:

Street scene. Freetown, Sierra Leone
Street scene. Freetown, Sierra Leone

And this:

Law Courts. Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Scenes such as these would have been the big sellers that were sent back to Europe:

king prempeh of ashantee and his parents with their immediate attendants as political prisoners at Freetown, Sierra Leone. W.S Johnston
King Prempeh of Ashantee and his parents with their immediate attendants as political prisoners at Freetown, Sierra Leone, ca. 1897-1900. W.S Johnston
Lady Sassa MD. Freetown Sierra Leone. Lisk-Carew Brothers.
Lady Sassa MD. Freetown Sierra Leone. Lisk-Carew Brothers.

and this:

Off to School. Lisk-Carew Brothers.
Off to School. Lisk-Carew Brothers.

And HERE is a Brief history of photography in Africa to ca. 1940.

Moving along…

Avoiding The Pass, 1955. Jurgen Schadeberg
Avoiding The Pass, 1955. Jurgen Schadeberg. Click on image to learn more.

(Schadeberg is German and moved with his family to South Africa but worked as an official photographer for Drum Magazine.)

Untitled #442, ca. 1956-1957. Seydou Keita
Untitled #442, ca. 1956-1957. Seydou Keita. Click on image to see more.
First Sight of the Sea. 1960. Peter Magubane
First Sight of the Sea. 1960. Peter Magubane
The Whole Family on a Motorcycle, 1962. Malick Sidibé. Click on image to learn more
The Whole Family on a Motorcycle, 1962. Malick Sidibé. Click on image to learn more
Outside the Palace of Justice during The Rivonia Trial. Dec 1963. Alf Kumalo
Outside the Palace of Justice during The Rivonia Trial. Dec 1963. Alf Kumalo. Click on image to learn more.

Drum Magazine, Africa’s Life Magazine:

Drum Magazine, 1966. Alf Kumalo. Click on image to learn more
Drum Magazine, 1966. Alf Kumalo. Click on image to learn more

HERE is an interesting e-book about Drum from 1976-1980.

Mofolo South, Soweto 1972. David Goldblatt. Click on image to learn more.
Mofolo South, Soweto 1972. David Goldblatt. Click on image to learn more.
Statue in the Garden. Diepkloof Ext 2, Soweto 1991. Santu Mofokeng
Statue in the Garden. Diepkloof Ext 2, Soweto 1991. Santu Mofokeng. Click on image to learn more.
Sonponnoi, 1987. Rotimi Fani-Kayode
Sonponnoi, 1987. Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Click on image to learn more.
Nothing to Loose XII ('Bodies of Experience'), 1989. Rotimi Fani-Kayode.
Nothing to Loose XII ('Bodies of Experience'), 1989. Rotimi Fani-Kayode.
FilleRouge (osselets), 1999. Yto Barrada. Click on image to learn more.
FilleRouge (osselets), 1999. Yto Barrada. Click on image to learn more.
Tayob Towers, Pritchard Street, 2004. Guy Tillim. Click on image to learn more.
Tayob Towers, Pritchard Street, 2004. Guy Tillim. Click on image to learn more.
Thabo Chicks, 2004. Nontsikelelo Veleko. Click on image to learn more.
Thabo Chicks, 2004. Nontsikelelo Veleko. Click on image to learn more.
Half Light, 2004. Berni Searle. Click on image to learn more.
Half Light, 2004. Berni Searle. Click on image to learn more.
Friends Amongst Mangroves, 2005. Berni Searle
Friends Amongst Mangroves, 2005. Berni Searle. Click image to learn more.
Untitled (from the Sugar Cane series) 2006. Zwelethu Mthethwa. Click on image to learn more
Untitled (from the Sugar Cane series) 2006. Zwelethu Mthethwa. Click on image to learn more
Jackal Hunter, Ouside Beaufort West, 2006. Mikhael Subotzky. Click on image to learn more.
Jackal Hunter, Ouside Beaufort West, 2006. Mikhael Subotzky. Click on image to learn more.
Katlego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg 2007. Zanele Muholi. Click on image to learn more
Katlego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg 2007. Zanele Muholi. Click on image to learn more
Pieter Hugo
Abu Kikan with Frayo, Asaba, Nigeria, 2007. Pieter Hugo. Click on image to learn more.
Malachy Udegbunam with children. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008. Pieter Hugo
Malachy Udegbunam with children. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008. Pieter Hugo. Click on image to learn more.

Class ran over at the end as there was a discussion about Pieter’s images. The discussion revolved around THIS issue.

HERE is a link to the catalogue for the 2009 Bamako Photography Biennial.

Oh, and of course,  no discussion of Africa would be complete without this:

4 Covers of Africa. Toto. Click on image to learn more.
4 Covers of Africa. Toto. Click on image to learn more.
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