Africa in the Photobook is a website initiated in 2015 by photographer and (photo)historian Ben Krewinkel. The website is about the changing visual representation of Africa as expressed through the medium of the photobook. By showcasing book spreads the books become partly accessible to a wider public and function as a platform for students, collectors and experts to talk about the content of the books. People can engage with each other through a Facebook page as well. Africa in the Photobook is looking for books made by African artists or books printed in African countries, but focusses on books made outside the continent by non-African photographers and writers. This is especially the case for books produced in the colonial era. By showing (those) books, the website doesn’t always suggest to agree with the content, since many books tend to be highly propagandistic and sometimes blatant paternalistic and/or even racist. In collaboration with Fourthwall Books, a South African publisher specialised in artist books, Ben Krewinkel is currently doing research and preparing a publication. He will give a talk about his project on 1 June in the documenta-Halle, Kassel.
Africa in the photobook is a website that is dedicated to African photographers who published a photobook and photobooks in general that deal with Africa or the African diaspora. Publishers are invited to contribute by sending books to be showcased on the website. All books will be showcased (sometimes with an interview) with a direct link to the title on the publishers page.
Publishers and/or artists interested can contact us using the contact form on the homepage.
Africa in the Photobook
attn B. Krewinkel
Gedempte Schalkburgergracht 58
2021 AM Haarlem
This website and collection would not have been possible without the gifts of books, interviews, tips and other kind of help by:
Taco Hidde Bakker