CLPA is a network of photography education institutions and educators in Africa. The network was initiated in 2014 from a need for a cohesive, support network of photography learning institutions on the African continent. Since its inception, CLPA has maintained a framework of support between core member organisations through continued and sustained discussion, meetings and training sessions. Through continued discussion, CLPA members have consolidated a shared ethos and future vision for the network. The primary aim and focus of the CLPA network is to help develop the professionalism of African photography and photography education on the continent.
CLPA’s vision is to develop relevant photographers and photography institutions on the African continent.
CLPA’s mission is to network established and emerging institutions that have sustained educational and reflective engagement with photography on the African continent to share and exchange relevant information, discourse, knowledge and skills responsive to improving the quality of photography education and capacities for professional practice.
CLPA aims to
Build skills and knowledge of emerging photographers for professional practice.
Support structures of learning centres.
Add artistic, reflective and curatorial aspects of photography training.
Develop educational modules and methods enhancing quality of training relevant to context.
Develop networks, strengthening cultures of photography to create audiences & build communities.
AOJE is a local non-profit organisation founded in 2013 dedicated to the promotion of photography as an artistic practice, through professional, educational and artistic training and development. We work mainly with emerging and practicing photographers and visual artists from Cape Verde, Africa and the Diaspora.
Since its inception, AOJE has involved more than 90 practitioners in a series of workshops, artist residencies and exhibitions, with particular reference to the Catchupa Factory – New Photographers initiative, held since 2016.
CPE - Center for Photography in Ethiopia is a platform for training, discussion, collaboration and conversation for emerging Ethiopian photographers that was recently founded by Maheder Haileselassie, a photographer based in Addis Ababa. Since its starting point in 2017, CPE successfully provided several workshops, a mentorship program, exhibitions, installations and presentation both within and outside of Ethiopia.
CIC is a Cairo based cultural organisation with a special interest in the overlap of visual culture, artistic practice, education and critical discourse. CIC runs a range of photography, image making and print production facilities as well as an open library and work space. CIC also develops long term, research based thematic and educational projects on social topics and forms of expression relevant to the time and place we work in.
The National School of the Arts is a medium, secondary and higher vocational education institution whose main vocation is to provide academic training in the fields of the Performing Arts, the Plastic Arts and Cultural Animation. The National School of Arts also provides training for State agents in the private sector and foreigners (organization of refresher and advanced training seminars. The ENA is the main tool through which the State of Senegal ensures promotion of research and training in the artistic and cultural field.
57 Margaret Mcingana Street, Newtown, 20001, Johannesburg South Africa
As a school for photography and a photographic resource space, the Market Photo Workshop has led the African development of contemporary photography since 1989. Its photographic education serves photographers who serve their communities with new modes of visual representation and entrepreneurship. Market Photo Workshop alumni are award-winning journalists, photographic artists, and educators whose ongoing recognition further global practices in the field. Critical debate and curatorial approaches to photography inform its exhibitions and diverse public programmes. The Market Photo Workshop offers photographers with inclusive platforms to develop and publish work and weigh in on social issues that affect image-makers and the untold stories they tell.
Established in 2013, the Nlele Institute (TNI) is a Pan‐African, autonomous and non‐profit art photography organization. It exists as a cultural hub that enhances social cohesion through visual learning processes. We are recognized for our professionalism in the study and research of photography throughout Nigeria and the sub region. TNI makes use of all available resources (be it manual or digital) in executing programmes and projects that help create awareness and interest in photography.
We also aim to detect and develop new talents predominantly in grassroots areas. By providing public access to photography and art education, we are able to adequately address the needs of underprivileged (or deprived) communities as they relate to financial inclusion, entrepreneurship, education, gender equality, digital technology and professional training.
82 7th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg South Africa
Photo: is a multi-operation platform for the development and promotion of socially engaged photography practices, photographers and critical visual culture.
Through curatorial and educational projects throughout the African continent and beyond, Photo: promotes emerging and practicing photographers and photography with the aim to encourage critical and experimental approaches/responses, that challenge and stimulate how we think about photography and our world. Central to its vision, is the idea that photography can be a delicate tool for social change.
The Other Vision (TOV) is a platform for education, networking, and raising awareness specifically for photographers and also the general public in Sudan, aiming to advocate for photography to enable social engagement. Established in 2019, TOV recognizes the gap in photography education in Sudan and that was the main motive behind the platform.
Created in 2015, Yamarou-Photo is a training space, of exchange, reflection, meeting, listening, practice and to develop new strategies for the development of photography. It's a setting that combines young women and men photographers in a dynamic of reflection, training and creation. It allows to give a new impetus to photographic artists in Mali and beyond.
The CLPA (Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa) newsletter was established in 2016 with the support of the Goethe-Institut: initially a closed newsletter for network members to keep abreast with photography education, related activities and developments across Africa. Photo: currently spearheads the CLPA newsletter as the main editor with rotating guest editors from CLPA’s member institutions.
This edition of the CLPA newsletter deals with the theme 'Intimate Distances.' This issue was conceptualised as a response to a world where Covid-19 and social and physical distance are a part of our everyday reality, physical contact and the body are taboos, and where we feel more cut off from each other than ever.
This edition marks the first time we were joined by external guest editors – independent scholar and writer K'eguro Macharia and artist and writer Neo Musangi (both from Kenya). The guest editors conducted interviews with CLPA members Ala Kheir (TOV), Andrea Thal (CIC), Maheder Haileselassie (CPE), and Uche Okpa-Iroha (TNI). These interviews speak to their individual and organisational practice and how they deal with ideas of intimacy, distance, trauma, rejection and more.
Also in this edition: two written features - From Bedroom to Bedroom by K'eguro Macharia, a meditation on the intimacy of photographic practice, and Take One And Two In Five Mistakes, Neo Musangi's response to the 'bad photograph.' Further contibutions by Eric Gyamfi and Silasse Salomone.
This edition also features 2020 CLPA Mentorship, where participating members worked with 1-2 particpants to create and develop bodies of work under the broad theme '2020.'
CLPA members and guest editors share their insights and experiences in this thoughtful issue, addressing not only photography practice but universal human concerns in this unprecedented age of isolation.
This CLPA Newsletter was supported by Open Society Foundation, the Market Photo Workshop, Photo:, and The African Culture Fund. The CLPA was originally established with the support of the Goethe Institut.
We thank all contributors for their valuable input.