AIDA MULUNEH 99 SERIES

For a recent commission, British photographer Stephen Gill created quirky pieces of art that combine the effects of photograms, faded film, light flares, chance, and his own unique vision of where to point his camera. As a practicing artist as well as a force in the photography world she is the founder and director of Addis Foto Fest as well as a sought-after juror, curator and educator Aida Muluneh has a unique perspective on the landscape of the medium today. As the first and only international festival in East Africa, my goal remains the same: From the outside at least, it seems like your photography is strongly tied to place. In the context of international media, especially in the case of images from Africa, the foreign gaze is still the prevalent voice for stories that are often based on an undeniable bias. Read on for her thoughts on the necessary steps we all have to take in order to shift the diversity in the photography world as well as her advice for emerging photographers—. Cinematic and darkly captured: Did returning to your birthplace impact your photography?

We hold the power to shift perceptions, to support ideas, and as witnesses of our generation, each photographer should find his or her purpose. After the hurricane and flood, Stan Strembicki found and photographed ruined books and lost family photo albums. As a photographer who started in the darkroom, my education in photography started in black and white. In a series of collaborative self portraits, this photographer explores the complexities of how we label identity, from gender stereotypes to motherhood. Hence, what I have learnt is that in order to shift the lack of diversity, the foundation of this movement can only stem from establishing educational institutions not only in photography but also for media and communication. My advice to emerging photographers is to look at works by photographers from around the world, to understand the power of an image beyond its commercial application. Cinematic and darkly captured: What inspired this shift in perspective?

Xeries, super-saturated color street photos — with flash and attitude and a cast of characters from a yearly country fair. Finally, can you pick one of your photographs and walk us through it? I still stand by this statement, especially in a world where Instagram has become a validating point for emerging photographers. What do those colors, in particular, add to your work?

Hence, in my earlier personal work, I consider my black and white photography as the start of a sketch, much like a painter. The founder of the first international photography festival in East Africa and an artistic force herself explains her own daring use of primary colors while calling upon us to help increase diversity in the photography world.

The image was shot in a lake in Langano in Ethiopia. My mother always made sure that we remained connected to our birthplace, regardless of our disjointed immigrant life. As the first and only international festival in East Africa, my goal remains the same: I have spent most of my life imagining, dreaming and engaging in dialogue with Ethiopia.

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Books and Photographs Found After the Flood. We are living in a global world, and the new generation should be part of shifting the photography world so that there is a global voice. Because of this, my return did not only impact my photography but also how I view the rest of the world.

Did returning to your birthplace impact your photography? As a practicing artist as well as a force in the photography world she is the founder and director of Addis Foto Fest as well as a sought-after juror, curator and educator Aida Muluneh has a unique perspective on the landscape of the medium today.

Also, looking at references within my own culture—through artifacts, clothing and also the wall paintings in Ethiopian Orthodox churches—these are the same colors that are the foundation of my roots. After the hurricane and flood, Stan Strembicki found and photographed ruined books and lost family photo albums. For a recent commission, British photographer Stephen Gill created quirky pieces of art that combine the effects of photograms, faded film, light flares, chance, and his own unique vision of where to point his camera.

99 Series (Part Four) by Aida Muluneh

Discover 36 remarkable photographers weaving compelling narratives with photographs and words, ranging from documentary and imaginative storytelling to fiction. Many years after her initial departure, Muluneh moved back to Ethiopia in At this phase of my career, I have serifs into color.

As a photographer who started in the darkroom, my education in photography started in black and white. I work with primary colors because this is the beginning of my exploration into color. The photos vibrate with hyper-real intensity. The fact that many Africans are being sold into slavery from Libya and other points is deeply disturbing, and the lack of engagement by various leaders questions the progress of our humanity.

Cinematic and darkly captured: What inspired this shift in perspective?

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We hold the power to shift perceptions, to support ideas, and as witnesses of our generation, each photographer should find his or her purpose. The main thing that I have learned in the past few years through my participation in the various parts of the photography world has serifs the need for more diversity—not only in the production of images, but also in the overall industry.

What do you hope it communicates? Many Vietnamese women wear specially designed muluuneh motorbike jackets that almost completely cover their faces and hands as they ride — take a look! In a sense, my ultimate goal is shifting the perceptions of Africa and contributing to diversifying the global photography industry.

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In a series of collaborative self portraits, this photographer explores the complexities of how we label identity, from gender stereotypes to motherhood. The process was an exploration for me on the history of slavery and the number of people who perished on the shores of the past and also the present.

A young photographer from the Netherlands, Hanne Van Der Woude, combines her love of verdant Dutch landscapes with an almost obsessive fascination with natural red hair. Read on for her thoughts on the necessary steps we all have to take in order to shift the diversity in the photography world as well as her advice for emerging photographers—.

Hence, what I have learnt is that in order to shift the lack of diversity, the foundation of this movement can only stem from establishing educational institutions not only in photography but also for media and eeries.

I find that primary colors add strength to the messages I convey in each piece. Can you expand on that? Was this part of why you decided to found Addis Foto Sseries With the current situation—not only in Africa but globally—the plight of black people resonates not as progress towards our human rights but a regression to a state of oppression. This is one of the main reasons why I mostly work with primary colors.

The LensCulture Exposure Awards are now open for entries! My advice to emerging photographers is to look at works by photographers from around the world, to understand the power mulundh an image beyond its zeries application. What does it mean to you? Some photographers disagree with my passion for black and white, but Umluneh do believe that it is the foundation for photography students, because you must first understand light before sries can explore other elements, such as color.

From the outside at least, it seems like your photography is strongly tied to place. In the context of international media, especially in the case of images from Africa, the foreign gaze is still the prevalent voice for stories that are often based on an undeniable bias. Has your initial reason for founding the festival changed at all over time? It has been interesting to be confronted with the fact that the photo market is still male-dominated.