AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Malick Sidibe

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Monday, March 18th, 2013

New York African Film Festival 2013

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the New York African Film Festival. The Festival–from April 3rd to the 9th at Lincoln Center–is still the longest running, and probably most significant, African film festival in North America. (I’ve helped out on the festival in the past, so I’m biased.) It is worth remembering what the

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Revolutions and Dancing

In Egypt earlier this year I was taken by my host to a nightclub in downtown Cairo where I was introduced to a cosmopolitan group of friends — musicians, artists, poets — all drinking beer and dancing...

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The afterlife of African studio photography

Is African studio photography, Cape Town art writer Sean O’Toole asks in frieze magazine, dying out? The answer, non-subscribers, is maybe. Everywhere in the modern world the business of professional photography is in decline. O’Tool argues that studio photography...

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

5 Things: Glenna Gordon

I am shooting these on my iPhone. They’re short, no-frills interviews done in my office. The format is simple: The subjects sit on a chair in my office while I point the iphone at them. They decide what...

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Africa in black and white in the 1970s

Preview (and more information in French) of images from the exhibition, “The Ritual of the pose–Africa in black and white in the 1970s,” consisting of studio photographs  by Malian photographer Malick Sidibe and his Senegalese counterpart Oumar Ly,...

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Rainer Elstermanns’ “Photo Studio”

The German photographer, Rainer Elstermanns, imagined an old photo studio set in rural Kenya in his studio in Berlin. He dressed models in period costumes.  The result is a 17-minute film and a series of 40 recreations. ...

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