1. Photo Editions #5

    Tsoku Maela

    Morphing the stories of the past

    Tsoku Maela (1989, Lebowakgomo, South Africa) went to a film school with no intention to become an artist. When he started to make pictures, he found that the self-portraits he shot impacted positively on his manic depression. Finally, he started writing as well. It all helps to better understand the world, to raise issues people fear to talk about and break through stigmas.

    There was no agenda; becoming the filmmaker, artist, photographer and writer – it just hit him. Not without the usual battles.

    Christina Månsson

  2. Photo Editions #4

    Emmanuelle Andrianjafy

    Nothing's in Vain

    In 2011, Malagasy photographer Emmanuelle Andrianjafy (1983) arrived in the harbour city of Dakar, situated on the westernmost African coast, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This relocation marked the beginning of her interest in photography. In this new environment, Andrianjafy felt disoriented and confused. She took up a camera and immersed herself in the city. Her pictures have different photographic ‘languages’. She captures the world in black-and-white as well as in colour, and uses both carefully constructed pictures and snap shots, which are often shot through her car window. Embracing the chaos of an unfamiliar world, Andrianjafy takes us on an exploratory journey through Dakar, a metropolis in constant flux between construction and deconstruction. For her, photography seems a way of finding a place she now calls home.

    Christina Månsson

  3. Photo Editions #3

    Raymond Dakoua

    Safe Spaces

    Ivory Coast-born, Brussels-based Raymond Dakoua is passionate about all things human. His multi-faceted work stretches many borders, both geographically and socially. He uses his camera to show everyday stories and to reveal the beauty of the ordinary and the intimate in all its forms, in all its dimensions. As journalist Ntombenhle Shezi Daouda (Sunday Times, South Africa) states: “The best way to tell stories without being seen is to be a photographer.”

    In the series 'A Place to Call Their Own', Dakoua looks at LGBTI life in Mozambique and the Ivory Coast, two countries that have recently decriminalized homosexuality.

    The series was shot in Abidjan and Maputo in 2015 - 2016.

    Bart Luirink and Christina Månsson

  4. Photo Editions #2

    Yasser Booley

    An unspoken agreement

    Yasser Booley (1975, Cape Town). In his own words: “From my maternal mother's side, I am the 9th generation of an ancestor exiled to the Cape as Political Prisoner for fighting against the Dutch colonialists in present day Indonesia. (…) My great grandfather was a cook on an old wooden ship from Mauritius who decided to stay in Cape Town, my father's maternal grandfather was a friend of Gandhi. (…) My father was imprisoned by the South African secret police in the 60s for being one of the founding members of the Muslim Youth Movement. (…)

    My name is Yasser Booley. (…) My story as a photographer begins with the gift of a camera by my father in my penultimate year in high school in 1992.”

  5. Photo Editions #1

    Zanele Muholi

    Somnyama Ngonyama

    In 2006, ZAM featured the first works of Zanele Muholi. Amongst them: a self-portrait almost hidden in the clouds of a happy smoker. Our publisher at the time cried rage, we were at the peak of the war against nicotine.

    Muholi, naturally, shuns the conventional. Ten years later, the issues of our time – identity, race, white privilege and cliché – are at the heart of a new series. The multiple award winner, honorary doctor, internationally renowned visual activist enters a clash with who we are and how we perceive the world around us. It's profound and disturbing, and so good. A real smoking gun!

    Nicole Segers