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#Reclaim the Narrative: African Photographers to Follow

In light of our recent work on Orientalism in modern travel photography (read & listen here) we’re pleased to bring to you our #ReClaim series, showcasing talented and innovative photographers around the world, who document/ represent their local communities, regions or countries through images, ‘re-claiming’ the narrative and dispelling reductionist and often racist, representations that have dominated for so long.

20 photographers and visual artists, all from African countries, all defying the usual Orientalist tropes associated with Africa. No further commentary, just check them out.

Ralph Kuda Chikambi

Harare, Zimbabwe.

Adnan Abdo

Hargeisa, Somaliland. iPhone only-street photographer

Mutua Matheka

Nairobi, Kenya. Also take a look at this amazing project he is involved in, Unscrambling Africa.


East Africa and beyond.


Dakar, Senegal.



Ernest Ankomah

Ghana. iPhone photographer.

Kibuuka Mukisa

Uganda. Artist and photographer.

Musaab Mendez

Sudan. Street photographer.

Amanuel Tsegaye


Maheder Haileselassie


Nana Kofi Acquah


Girma Berta

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Sam Vox


Tom Saater


Michael Aboya

Ghana. See our feature on his work.


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Steven Chikosi

Harare, Zimbabwe.

Miora Rajaonary

Madagascar and South Africa.

Nybe Ponzio


Also, a shout out to Everyday Africa, who celebrate photographers living and working in Africa. Be sure to check them out (and any of the other Everyday projects).

Did we miss anyone you think deserves to be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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