“Foreseen: New Narratives from the African Photojournalism Database”

In collaboration with World Press Photo and Everyday Africa

18 September - 24 October 2018

Exhibition opening: 18 September 2018, 6pm

Venue: Jamestown Café

“We do not need to specifically just focus on changing stereotypes of what being African is through our visual storytelling; I think that’s an additional burden that other artists from other continents are not expected to subscribe to. I do think that through our visual storytelling, whatever theme we choose, and the quality of our work, we already do so much to challenge external perceptions of the African continent.” - Ngadi Smart, Sierra Leone

This exhibition showcases the work of 13 young and emerging African visual storytellers, selected from the African Photojournalism Database (APJD). At the core of the APJD is the mission to celebrate refreshing and diverse stories told by photographers often overlooked by the global media industry - stories that are not widely seen in the current, exclusive media landscape.

Offering reimagined visual narratives from across the African continent, ‘Foreseen’ explores themes such as tradition, religion, identity, history, memory and daily life. This collection of work celebrates a new generation of photographers who are redefining what should be seen, and how,
through the stories that matter to them.

The Photographers

Ayobami Ogungbe (Nigeria), Gulshan Khan (South Africa), Ngadi Smart (Ivory Coast), Donwilson Odhiambo (Kenya), Sarah Waiswa (Kenya), Eric Gyamfi (Ghana), Fethi Sahraoui (Algeria), Robert Nzaou Kissolo (DRC), Hilina Abebe (Ethiopia), Leke Alabi-Isama (Nigeria), Yoriyas Yassine Alaoui Ismaili (Morocco), Mustafa Saeed (Somalia), Rahima Gambo (Nigeria)

African Photojournalism Database

A joint project of the World Press Photo Foundation and Everyday Africa, the African Photojournalism Database (APJD) is a directory of over 350 emerging and professional African visual journalists from over 35 different countries across the continent. It was created to better connect visual journalists from Africa with the international media economy and share the stories African visual storytellers consider important with a global audience, offering a more diverse representation of the continent.


Everyday Africa

Everyday Africa, founded in 2012, is a collective of photographers sharing daily-life images that rise above stereotypes depicting the continent
as a place overrun by disease, poverty, and war. It led to the creation of The Everyday Projects, an international movement of photographers that use images to combat cliché, promote local norms, and celebrate global commonalities. As a nonprofit, we combat systemic misrepresentation through our educational programming and by providing structure, support and exposure for this diverse range of photographers — through professional development, community-building and the promotion of new work.


World Press Photo Foundation

Connecting the world to the stories that matter.

The World Press Photo Foundation is a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling, founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organised a contest (“World Press Photo”) to expose their work to an international audience. Since then the contest has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography competition, and through our successful worldwide exhibition program, we present to millions of people the stories that matter. The World Press Photo Foundation is a creative, independent, nonprofit organisation, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.