Award Winning African Photography - photo basel Takes a Closer Look is an online showcase of contemporary African photography presented in the framework of photo basel international art fair’s virtual exhibitions. photo basel invited its long time partner, the CAP Association, to undergo this endeavor. The roughly 200 award winning works exhibited are sourced from the CAP Prize – the International African Photography Prize, the limited print edition Edition POPCAP, democraSEE (Photo:) and the Uganda Press Photo Award and East African Photo Award (FOTEA). The exhibition not only includes photographs but also offers video backgrounds on the exhibited photographers and projects. A custom tailored program of talks and presentations is offered and to be accessed free of charge at photo-basel.com
The selection of works presented in the exhibition Award Winning African Photography, photo basel takes a closer look is based on the winning projects from the CAP Prize, the international African Photography Prize 2019 and 2020. Additionally a selection of photography from the Edition POPCAP, curated by Benjamin Füglister and positions from the Uganda Press Photo Award and East African Photo Award (FOTEA) by Anna Kućma as well as from democraSEE (Photo:) by John Fleetwood is presented in this showcase.
Benjamin Füglister is the founder of the annual CAP Prize, the International Prize for Contemporary African Photography, tendered for the first time in 2012. Füglister is a nominator for the renowned Prix Pictet, and is a member of Photo Basel’s artistic advisory circle. He regularly works as a reviewer at international photography festivals, such as the European Month of Photography in Vienna or the Uganda Press Photo Award. Füglister is the co-director of the IAF Basel – Festival of Contemporary Art. He is a member of the European Photography magazine editorial staff since 2006.
John Fleetwood is a photography curator, educator, and director of Photo:; a multi-operation platform for the development and promotion of socially engaged photography work, projects, photographers, and critical visual culture. He recently curated ‘Five Photographers: A tribute to David Goldblatt’ exhibited in various cities including Johannesburg, Maputo, and Bamako (2018–2019). In 2017, he was guest editor for Aperture’s Platform Africa edition. From 2002–2015 Fleetwood was the director of the Market Photo Workshop. He lives and works in Johannesburg.
Anna Kućma is the director of FOTEA and the Uganda Press Photo Award, a photography platform and annual competition for East African photojournalists and photographers. She also works as a curator and producer focusing on visual literacy, photography education, and development. She has curated and assisted many exhibitions in the region and internationally and often serves as a nominator and jury member for photography initiatives. She is based in Kampala, Uganda.