Zanele Muholi and Mario Macilau spoke to photographers, journalists and activists in Amsterdam

The first ZAM Newsroom (held on 5 September in Amsterdam, the Netherlands) featured visual activist Zanele Muholi, who has won multiple awards for her intimate portraits of the black lesbian and gay community in South Africa. Another celebrity presenting his work was Mozambican photographer Mario Macilau. The event was attended by a number of Amsterdam-based photographers and authors — notably renowned Dutch novelist and former chair of the Dutch anti-apartheid movement Conny Braam — as well as art workers and activists.

Former diplomat and writer Robbert van Lanschot with ZAM Chronicle Editor Bart Luirink
Former diplomat and writer Robbert van Lanschot with ZAM Chronicle Editor Bart Luirink

Zanele Muholi addresses the ZAM Newsroom
Zanele Muholi addresses the ZAM Newsroom

Center: Annemarie de Wildt, curator of the Amsterdam Museum, and Conny Braam (right, with white hair)
Center: Annemarie de Wildt, curator of the Amsterdam Museum, and Conny Braam (right, with white hair)

ZAM Art Director Nicole Segers, left
ZAM Art Director Nicole Segers, left

Pulane Mpotokwane, ZAM Design Editor, and ZAM Chronicle Investigations Editor Evelyn Groenink
Pulane Mpotokwane, ZAM Design Editor, and ZAM Chronicle Investigations Editor Evelyn Groenink

Conny Braam and journalist Madeleine Maurick
Conny Braam and journalist Madeleine Maurick

From left to right: Photographer Pieter Boersma, Gallery 23 director Fons Geerlings, Mario Macilau
From left to right: Photographer Pieter Boersma, Gallery 23 director Fons Geerlings, Mario Macilau

Zanele Muholi
Zanele Muholi

Front row from left to right: Journalists Sanne Terlingen, Alberta Opokwu with Zanele Muholi and Mario Macilau
Front row from left to right: Journalists Sanne Terlingen, Alberta Opokwu with Zanele Muholi and Mario Macilau

Photographer Martin Waalboer and Bart Luirink
Photographer Martin Waalboer and Bart Luirink

Pictures: René de Ree