Centers of Learning for Photography in Africa

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.



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.

Latest Edition

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.



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