Ten African Photographers Nikon Could Have Picked
Last week, Nikon selected 32 photographers from around the world to test its newest camera. I'm not even going to link to it - you've probably seen it, and I'm tired of looking at it at this point.
They're talented photographers representing many different countries, groups, and fields of photography... and they’re all men. As if that wasn't bad enough, the only African photographer is a white South African. The company created a racially and nationally diverse group of photographers doesn't include a single woman or a black person. I am appalled. I am unsurprised.
I am reminded once again why I founded the Pineapple North Project.
Here's another list, of African photographers. Seven are women, all are amazing. It didn't take a lot of time to pull this together, so it's a short list... but that's kind of the point. It's a short list of some really amazing photographers in Africa, and they weren't hard to find. Ahem. They're producing exquisite work, too.
I know some friends who, in the wake of what we are generously calling an "oversight" by one of the biggest camera companies in the world, are making more extensive lists: of women, of black folks, and of people of colour who are photographers. If you find one, or wrote one, feel free to leave them in the comments.
Barbara Minishi, Kenya
Joana Choumali, Cote d’Ivoire
Fatoumata Diabate, Mali
Aida Muluneh, Ethiopia (Canada)
Adeola Olagunju, Nigeria
Zohta Opoku, Ghana
Kgomotso Neto, South Africa
Osborne Macharia, Kenya
Omar Victor Diop, Senegal
Zanele Muholi, South Africa
Amber Marlow is the founder of the Pineapple North Project