Opens Friday May 16th – 6-9pm – at Alliance Française, Kairaba Avenue, The Gambia, West Africa.
With thanks, as always, to our main partners, the US Embassy, Banjul, we are delighted to host the forthcoming exhibition of around 60 prints (thanks to AdoramaPix, NY for their support) from our young Gambian Photos Tell Stories photography workshop students.
We had some great support for Photos Tell Stories – all of whom made the inaugural photography workshops in The Gambia possible. So, with thanks to all our partners and contributors:
We also had some phenomenal – and truly inspiring for our Gambian students – images to share throughout all the workshops, thanks to a highly accomplished bunch of professional photographers:
During the opening night, we’ll be screening our short film from ‘River Gambia‘, footage taken during our 1044km source-sea journey – from the source of the mighty African river in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry, into Senegal, and onto where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean in The Gambia.
We look forward to welcoming you all to the opening night, Friday 16th May. However, if you can’t make it, we will be posting photos galore from the event. If you want us to keep you updated, please subscribe to the blog (lefthand column), ‘like’ our FB page, or follow us on twitter
Today, we want to thank just a couple of them – more thanks coming soon, to everyone else who helped make the workshops a great success.
In a country where there are at least one or two power cuts each day (where there is electricity in the first place) these HyperMac batteries, from Protronica, UK, have been served us over and over again – from charging our Mac laptops to our mobile phones. Protronica have been longtime supporters of our West Africa projects – they supplied us with the HyperMac batteries for the River Gambia Expedition, 2012-13. Thank you Protronica!
Big thanks to powerHouse Books, Brooklyn, NY, for donating a stack of great photography books for our Gambian students to peruse during the workshops. They generated much excitement amongst our young students. So, we hope to try and ship more books over, in the near future, to build up a photography book reference library – which will be accessible to everyone who is interested in photography here in The Gambia.
And…the workshops would not have happened without the support of the inimitable Josh Shrager, Papa Njie, and all at the US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia. Huge gratitude goes to these guys for partnering with Photos Tell Stories – from our initial meeting with Josh, casually talking all things photography, over a year ago, to the fruition of the first workshop in January 2014.
More thanks to all those who believed in Photos Tell Stories coming soon. In the meantime, please check out our partners and contributors page.
Last but definitely not least, please do check out some very inspiring work from our young Gambian students here.
After talking with length at Josh, we discovered that we all had a mutual love of photography and, almost one year later, the result of that serendipitous meeting – because we had previously discussed the idea of photography workshops in West Africa – is that we are now back in The Gambia, to teach our first photography workshop to a number of young Gambian students.
In the classroom, through slideshow presentations and discussion, we’ll be covering a number of topics, including : a history of photography, digital camera operation, photography techniques, composition, and editing. On a practical level, the students will be given assignments to complete – the main one being ‘Home – the way I see it‘. As an example to aid the Gambian students with this assignment, we asked each of our professional photographers to provide us with images on the same theme. We received a incredibly diverse cross section of images from them – some very literal, others not so literal. More on that soon.
At the end of the daily workshops the students will have the opportunity to share their images with the whole village, projected onto a giant six meter inflatable screen – courtesy of the U.S Embassy – along with the work of our contributing professional photographers.
Access to the internet in The Gambia has grown exponentially over the last few years and, due to this, almost all of the kids we meet these days are using some kind of social media platform (such as Facebook) – it used to be that when we met kids on our travels here they wanted to give you their postal address, and vice versa. However, now the mantra is ‘will you be my Facebook friend?’ Therefore, we’ll be guiding the students on how to effectively use social media networks – as well as the power of blogging – to share their stories
The workshop will culminate in an exhibition and gala event, where the students work will be displayed through projection and print, to an invited audience – including family, friends and local dignitaries. Following the event, we hope to find an exhibition space to open the exhibit to the general public, inviting other students and their teachers from around the country to come along and view the work – and to talk to them about the possibility of participating in future photography workshops.
Aside from our contributing photographers, we also wish to thank our partners in this venture, particularly to Josh Shrager – Public Affairs Officer/Acting Political and Economic Affairs Officer – and all at the U.S. Embassy, Banjul, for giving us the opportunity to make this workshop happen:
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