AfroShoot Takeover at Croydon Photography Forum, Sep 13

lenses-1The Croydon Photography Forum returns for the start of its second year next Tuesday with the AfroShoot Takeover.

Founded by Lisa Aissaoui and Tiffany Kamagate, two African photographers, they describe AfroShoot as an innovative platform with the mission to celebrate the work of photographers from Africa and of African descent to push forward an African vision of the world through the camera lens.

AfroShoot will be the topic at the Croydon Photography Forum on September 13 from 6.45pm at CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Road, Croydon, CR0 2TB.

afroshoot-logoAfroShoot provides training, support, exhibitions and artist representation among other things for photographers from within the African community.

Many will be familiar with the work of the prolific African photographer James Barnor, a Ghanaian who had to wait more than 50 years before he began receiving recognition for his work. This is exactly the kind of situation that AfroShoot hopes to prevent for the many other African photographers who are producing amazing visual art all over the world.

lenses-4The AfroShoot Takeover at the Croydon Photography Forum promises to be an interesting evening of artistic engagement as it offers to present fabulous visuals captured by Alun Be and Logo Oluwamuyiwa, while Thabo Jaiyesimi, David Kwaw will be present on the evening to share a little about their photographic journeys while sharing images from their personal catalogues.

Thabo Jaiyesimi is a photographer with an exceptional eye. Taking a research driven approach, Jaiyesimi has documented current events, socio-political activism and cultural trends for more than 25 years. His work has been widely exhibited and published in numerous periodicals including The Guardian, The Times, The Observer and Time Magazine.

lenses-2David Kwaw Mensah is a London-born and London-based photographer, creative writer and film critic.

His obsession with all things cinematic has led him to numerous experiments with film making and eventually to the world of photographic stills, where, from behind the camera, he weaves stories, philosophical queries and poetry, always attempting to find the beauty in everyday life.

On his blog,, he is addressing the significance of the photographic portrait in a series titled Everyday People, and the ways in which a portrait can be deemed as an integral part of the narrative of a human life.

lenses-3 As usual, the Croydon Photography Forum will provide an opportunity to socialise and network.

An image captured by an African photographer will be a prize in a fund-raising raffle and for those who wish to venture along to the pub to have a drink with the speakers after the meeting, they will be more than welcome to do so.

While this is a free event hosted by the self-funded group, Lenses of Croydon, donations are more than welcome to assist with the costs of running the event.

To book your place at the September Croydon Photography Forum, click here

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