Self-Portraits by 5 Nigerian Women Photographers Tuesday 02 October, 2012

Women Photography Workshop Photo 1

What are the latest creative trends coming from all across urban Africa? Live Unchained team member Delphine Fawundu-Buford has spent the last four years developing a photo series to celebrate the answer. Delphine recently returned from Lagos, Nigeria where she led a photography workshop with local women photographers. Learn about Delphine’s experience and see the […]

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What are the latest creative trends coming from all across urban Africa? Live Unchained team member Delphine Fawundu-Buford has spent the last four years developing a photo series to celebrate the answer. Delphine recently returned from Lagos, Nigeria where she led a photography workshop with local women photographers. Learn about Delphine’s experience and see the photographers’ stunning self-reflective photos below.

Dear Live Unchained world,

This last trip to Lagos was particularly special because I was also doing an artist residency at the African Artists’ Foundation/Lagos Photo. As part of my residency,  I conducted a 3-day intensive photography workshop with a group of women photographers. I must say that I was a little nervous at first. In the past I’ve used photography as a self-reflective tool for various youth populations in NYC and most recently in Sierra Leone last summer. However, I never worked with an adult population who considered themselves or aspired to be photographers. Although it is something I desired for a while, this was my first experience working with adults.

I worked with a very small group of 5 women with various experience levels. Two of the participants used small compact cameras, while the other three used Canon SLR’s. I only had 3 days with the ladies but was determined to finish with an end product. Rather than just talk about photography, I wanted to do something practical as well.  I decided to do a self-portrait workshop. I am currently exploring self-portraits in my own work and thought it would be a cool idea. Self-portraits are pretty challenging, but, these women welcomed the challenge. We explored the works of Renee Cox, Mfon Essien, Helene Amouzou, and Majida Khattari. I also shared some of my own work. After analyzing these works the participants were inspired by how provocative these women photographers were. The creative juices started to flow and they were ready to approach their own projects.

All of the women were excited and eager to pursue photography even more after this workshop.  I learned a great deal from their stories and was inspired to continue to use the photography as a tool for positive change – even in the most subtle ways.

Thanks for allowing me to share this experience with you.

-Delphine

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