|© Emeka Okereke from his 'Africans in Bordeaux' series|
The highly anticipated series "New African Photography" aired on Al Jazeera yesterday, featuring Nigerian photographer Emeka Okereke. Emeka is the founder of Invisible Borders, which is an annual photographic project that gathers artists from around Africa and sees them embark on a cross continent road trip. The series kicked of with Emeka leading the artists and photographers on the latest road trip, as they explore, discover and document the tales of their continent.
I love this series because it highlights the importance of the contribution of the African artist/photographer in telling the African story. More often than not, many of the images taken in Africa that get international recognition, are not taken by Africans. One of the reasons I wanted to become a photographer was the growing frustration I had in seeing Africa through a foreign lens. "New African Photography" is inspirational and essential in encouraging the African artist to continue to create, because his/her work is necessary and relevant.
Check out the full first episode below, in case you missed it:
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