Each edition the AFF hosts portfolio reviews thanks to the participation of world-renowned photographers, photo editors, educators and curators who offer insight and create important networks for photographers in Africa. This edition, our aim is to select emerging talents from various parts of the continent to participate in this event. The portfolio review is an integral component of the festival that offers photographers feedback on their work and approach. By facilitating the formation of new networks we create opportunities for emerging talents across the continent to grow professionally and participate in the international market. This year, those chosen to participate in the portfolio review are automatically considered for the AFF Photography Awards. The winners of which will be determined by the reviewers and announced at end of the festival. The portfolio review is brought to you by National Geographic.
Brendan Wattenberg is the managing editor of Aperture magazine. Formerly the director of exhibitions at The Walther Collection in New York, he has contributed essays and interviews to NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art and Another Africa. He is the editor of the photobooks Samuel Fosso: The Spectacle of the Body and François-Xavier Gbré: The Past is a Foreign Country.
Francis Nii Obodai was born – and is currently based – in Accra, Ghana. He has also lived in England, and Nigeria. Obodai’s work explores our expansive relationship with aspects of urban and rural culture, and the environment. His camera is not a detached eye, but a tool for conscious expression of self-discovery: both on his part and for others involved in front of his lens or, part of the audience seeing his work. Obodai has exhibited widely.
In 1998 Obodai established Nuku Café in Accra, a vibrant space for contemporary artists to exhibit their art and meet the people interested in engaging with their passion in a social and supportive environment. Nuku Cafe has now evolved into Nuku Studio. The studio facilitates an annual workshop program for photographers and offers photographic project management support. The goal of the workshop is to develop photographic knowledge and skills, creativity, visual literacy and better communication. The workshop is open to local and international participants. Obodai continues to travel, exploring photographing and recording the vibrant essence of his environment and telling the stories of the people he connects with.
Obodai is a founding member of the Accra based, Beyond Collective (Established 2012).
Peter DiCampo is a photographer whose goal is to contribute his work to a dialogue on international development and perceptions of Africa. He began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a traditional photojournalist — now, his work seeks to deconstruct that experience. He is a cofounder of the acclaimed Everyday Africa project that has blossomed into a global phenomenon, and he is a regular speaker on the promotion of localized storytelling. Peter has earned awards, grants, and fellowships from Magnum Foundation, The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, PDN, Pulitzer Center, and POYi, among many others. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, TIME, Newsweek, and many more. He has exhibited internationally, and he holds a BS in Journalism from Boston University.
Andrew Tshabangu was born in Soweto in 1966. Andrew has studied at a number of institutions, amongst them at the Institute of Advancement for Journalism in 1998 and at the Alexandra Community art centre in Johannesburg. He taught photography at the Children's Photography Workshop, 1995 and in 1998 and 1999 he taught at both the Market Photo Workshop and post Matric photography courses. In 1998 he was an artist in residency at the Gasworks Art Studio, London. Tshabangu has exhibited widely worldwide.
Gali Tibbon is an award-winning photographer based in Jerusalem. In 2013, she was named Travel Photographer of the Year at the World Photography Awards (WPO). Gali is a Canon Explorer, part of Canon’s Europe Ambassadors program. Her work explores the theme of religion, focusing on faith, capturing the spiritual and abstract emotions of the faithful into her still images. Traveling with her cameras through pilgrimage paths and rituals including baptism in the Jordan River, Christianity in Jerusalem, the ancient Samaritans, Ethiopian Christianity and religious gatherings across Europe. With over a decade of experience in the Middle East, Tibbon’s work has taken her on assignments across the globe. Gali's images are published regularly in renowned magazines and newspapers worldwide. Her pictures are exhibited in museums, galleries and photo festivals around the world.