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For Durimel, Black Humanity is Not a Fashion Trend

The young photography duo Jalan and Jibril Durimel are transforming the fashion world’s visions of beauty.

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Art and Activism in a Contested Democracy

Five reflections on the relationship between photography, citizenship, and the law.

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Is Fashion Modern?

MoMA’s first fashion exhibition in seventy years is all about icons, accessories, and objects of desire.

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In Rwanda and Europe, Images of Creativity and Survival

An intimate conversation with filmmaker Amelia Umuhire.

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The Unsung Hero of South African Photography

In searing and poetic images, Andrew Tshabangu chronicles Johannesburg in the age of democracy.

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Can African Critics Rewrite the Story of African Photography?

Two writers speak about the influential role—and responsibility—of art criticism in Africa today.

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A Readymade World in the Heart of the Country

In a studio outside of Cape Town, photographer Nico Krijno refashions sculpture and performance.

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In Cameroon, A New Platform for Emerging Photographers

AMET (Elsa M’bala) speaks with Christine Eyene and Landry Mbassi about YaPhoto.

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Raw Land

How are artists rethinking documentary in North Africa?