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The Journey

The Journey Cover © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg The Journey | New Positions in African Photography 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, enthusiasm, and possibilities on the African continent today. All of them are alumni of the “Photographers’ Masterclass”, a decade-long mentorship-program (2008–2018) by curator Simon Njami and the Goethe-Institut. 

As a journey through Africa’s wide-ranging photo scene, The Journey | New Positions in African Photography documents the collaborations between 17 young African photographers and their mentors as well as the international curators and practitioners, who participated and contributed to the writing of this book.  

Heartened by a mutual feeling of community, the Photographers’ Masterclass opened 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 all of those photographers who enrolled in the mentorship-program and expressed themselves through 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.

Sammy Baloji, Eric Gyamfi, Macline Hien, Lebohang Kganye, Ala Kheir, Gosette Lubondo, Mário Macilau, Sabelo Mlangeni, Moss Morwahla Moeng, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Musa N. Nxumalo, Adeola Olagunju, Monique Pelser, Thabiso Sekgala, Georges Senga, Michael Tsegaye, Jansen van Staden

The Journey | New Positions in African Photography

ISBN 978-3-7356-0682-2
21,5 × 28 cm
342 Pages
Gatefold Brochure
Languages: English

Simon Njami, Sean O’Toole

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Lucienne Bestall, Nicola Brandt, Frédérique Chapuis, John Fleetwood, Emmanuel Iduma, Simon Njami, Sean O’Toole, Katrin Peters-Klaphake, Cara Snyman

Ben Johnson, Cape Town

The publication can be purchased in store at 
Bridge Books in Johannesburg, 

It can be viewed at or borrowed from local libraries across the continent, including: 

Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, 
Goethe-Institut Windhoek, 
Goethe-Institut Lagos, 
Johannesburg Central Library,
The book also will soon to be available at:
Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba, 
Goethe-Institut Abidjan,
Goethe-Institut Cairo, 
Goethe-Institut Dakar,
Goethe-Institut, Khartoum
Goethe-Institut Lomé,
Goethe-Institut Nairobi, 
Goethe-Institut Yaoundé,
Johannesburg Central Library,
University of Cape Town,

The book can also be directly purchased from the publisher Kerber Verlag at https://www.kerberverlag.com/en/1799/the-journey