Above – a small selection of some of sixty creative images from our young Gambian photography students, on exhibit at Alliance Française (until tomorrow, that is!), here in The Gambia, West Africa.
However, after a very successful exhibition opening night – with national tv coverage/media in attendance – and the subsequent two week run, tomorrow (Saturday 31st May), sadly, it’s time to take down the ‘Photos Tell Stories – photographs of The Gambia by Gambians‘ . However, we’ll pack our Gambian photography students prints with great care so that, perhaps, in the not too distance future, we can exhibit them again.
After a very successful opening night, last Friday, at Alliance Française – of ‘Photos Tell Stories – photographs of The Gambia by Gambians‘ – we have started to receive some serious interest, from those who attended, in purchasing the students prints . We announced on the opening night that all sixty in the exhibit are available to buy. All proceeds from sales, minus the printing cost, will go directly to the individual student.
This is such an exciting prospect, for the students – along with having their work recognised and appreciated, in the exhibition – as it adds value to their work, which is part of what Jason brought into the Photos Tell Stories workshops, all those weeks ago. He wanted the students to realise that if they worked hard and produced great work, the potential is there for them to sell it – as he does his own work – whether to media publications or private collectors of photography.
Judging from the public’s reaction at the opening, and the subsequent print purchase requests, I think the students have proved that they are more than capable; considering 99% of them were beginners to the world of photography.
‘Thank you so much and I am very happy. I saw your post on youtube (TV coverage of the exhibition opening night-48 secs in) and it’s just awesome. We are grateful of you, your husband Jason and the American Embassy for promoting photography in the Gambia. It has raise awareness about what photography really meant. Now i can use photos to tell stories even without put any description on it’Photos Tell Stories workshop student, Abdoulie, Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia, West Africa.
We also just got word that Africa Geographic are interested in featuring the Gambian students work, in their on-line magazine, in the coming months. More news on that as and when it comes in.
Check out more from the opening night here. And feel free to subscribe (left hand column), follow us on Twitter, or ‘Like’ our FB page.
Hopefully, we’ll be posting more exciting news about more print sales soon!
The all important part… getting the prints lined up, with PTS’s photographer and workshop tutor, Jason Florio.
And, that’s all you get to see for now. All will be revealed, over the coming days. Right now, we are still in pre-production mode for tonight’s exhibition opening : Alliance Française, Kairaba Avenue, Kanifing, The Gambia, West Africa – 6-9pm – it’s free and open to all.
For those who can’t make it, you check out some of the students work here, on the blog, or follow us on Twitter and ‘like’ the PTS’s FB page. And, you can always subscribe to the blog – in the left hand column.
We look forward very much to welcoming those of you who can make it!