The Journey Launches in Johannesburg

The Journey zugeschnitten © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Sa, 14.11.2020

Bridge Books

98 Commissioner Street

The local soft launch of The Journey: New Positions in African Photography at Bridge Books will see a conversation with South African contributors followed by an informal book signing. The book will also be available at a special launch price. 

The Journey profiles 17 emerging positions in contemporary African photography. The versatile practices of these young photographers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, and Sudan encapsulate many of the ambitions, enthusiasms, and possibilities on the African continent today. All of them are alumni of the “Photographers’ Masterclass”, a more than decade-long mentorship-program (2008–2018) by curator Simon Njami and the Goethe-Institut.

Heartened by a mutual feeling of community, the Photographers’ Masterclass created a space for intense debates and reflections on the current state of African photography. Over the course of eleven years, this committed network created important professional relationships throughout the African continent and established important connections to the international photography scene.

The Journey: New Positions in African Photography is an original publication, yet inseparably linked to the Photographers’ Masterclass. This profound survey on African photography is inspired by those photographers who all enrolled in the mentorship-program and expressed themselves and their work in such generous ways.

Thus it is no wonder that the portfolios of the participants constitute almost two thirds of the extensive volume, supplemented by 13 essays on photography in Africa. As manifold the photographic positions are, as varied is the vast spectrum of texts relevant for the critical understanding of African photography in this particular historical moment.

Simon Njami and Sean O’Toole co-edited the book, and the later will be present at the launch moderating the conversation. Space is limited and RSVP essential due to limited space and COVID restrictions. 

RSVP to or 079 618 9280, parking at Loveday and Fox Streets.
The event also live-streams on
For more about the book, see The Journey