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 special edition of the CLPA newsletter deals with the Covid-19 Pandemic and how it affects our worlds and the world of photography. Questioning the futures of photography, of education and of platforms, the CLPA members and external contributors share their insights and resourceful information on managing the effects of the pandemic to assist institutions, practitioners and freelancers alike.
Jacques Nkinzingabo, Rwanda, is the guest editor for this first issue. In addition to the teaching and training activities from members, there is also a Guide to Online Teaching with tips and suggestions received from all members.



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