After more than one year of preparation we are happy to launch www.afghanphotographynetwork.com - Promoting the work of Photojournalists who operate in one of the world's most complex and contested information environments.
Daily life in Afghanistan is not only about roadside bombs. Today national Danish newspaper Politiken writes in print as well as on-line about our project and features a selection of photography that we curated while conducting the workshop in Kabul.
When a picture from a young Malian photographer shows up on a London taxi, it is time to celebrate. Not only is the photographer making money. The sale understates the fact, that through education, hard work and talent it is possible for a photographer from one of the poorest countries in the world to be a part of the international marketplace.
We are happy to announce that during this fall a combined effort from our partners, Cadre de Promotion pour la Formation en Photographie and Getty Images, has made it possible to get a total of 340 rights managed pictures online.
The Afghan people are made of very strong stuff! Zekria Gulistani, a young Afghan photographer was involved in a helicopter crash on his way to our workshop last week. Luckily, no one was hurt. Zekria Gulistani stepped out of the wreck, brushed of the dust from his clothes, snapped these pictures and continued his journey to Kabul to attend the workshop…….now that's a man!
A selection of pictures produced by Jan Grarup during the workshop in Kabul.
In this video Jan Grarup talks about the ongoing workshop in Kabul and the ideas behind his work.
The present workshop in Kabul with New York Times staff photographer Jan Grarup marks the first step towards the creation of a new online resource for Afghan photography. By uniting and showcasing photographers, agencies and institutions it will seek to raise awareness of what is happening in the field of photography in Afghanistan. Together with C&C several Afghan photo agencies and leading independent Afghan photographers are involved in the preparations.The name of this upcoming online resource is soon to be revealed. The online resource is supported by Danish Center for Culture and Development and the Embassy of Denmark, Afghanistan.
25 photographers had shown up to take part in Jan Grarup´s 5 day workshop "Under the surface". During the workshop these photographers will be challenged to develop more complex stories, be more persistent and move beyond the obvious. After the first day of portfolio reviews and researching it's time to hit the street and make some pictures.
This evening Commerce & Culture will be traveling to Kabul to conduct a workshop with New York Times straff photographer Jan Grarup. The workshop marks the beginning of a new cooperation between C&C and several Afghan photo agencies and leading independent Afghan photographers. The project is supported by Danish Center for Culture and Development and the Embassy of Denmark, Afghanistan.
We made news in Denmark, when one of the photographers made more than 4000USD selling one picture to an international medical campaign.
The Danish Center for Social Economy and the Danish Co-operative Wholesale Society (FDB) will again announce the year's best socio-economic business. At Commerce & Culture we are happy to have been invited to participate in this competition.
Looking at this month's sales report we feel proud to see that our idea of connecting creative people from the global south to the global market really works. The Commerce & Culture Stock Programme are now starting to dramatically improve the opportunities for some of the photographers involved. One of the participating photographers did sell for more than 4000 USD this month alone.
Today marks the opening of our exhibition made in collaboration with CFP-Bamako at the largest photo festival in Africa, the bi-annual Rencontres de Bamako. The exhibition "Smile" shows some of the best pictures from the Commerce & Culture Stock Programme. The exhibition seeks to promote a positive image of Africa.
Most pictures from Africa are editorial by nature, made for newspapers and magazines. Because these pictures solely focus on creating stories that have a news value, pictures of famine and hunger, warfare and disasters are prevalent. While such pictures naturally have relevance the overall impression they create is a somewhat one-dimensional image of life in Africa.