African Contemporary Photographs

(See also Historical Photographs)


Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent
"...visual images and sounds of Africa contributed over the years to the African Studies Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison..." "more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sound from forty-five different countries." Locate photos by topic, country, keyword. - Photo Library
Photographs of People and Culture, Places and Scenery, and Wildlife. "donated by friends and family or taken by Vera Cheal." Site based in the U.K.

Africa Media Online
Professional marketplace based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Sells publication rights to images, audio files and text produced by African journalists. Has high resolution images. Directory of African photographers available for photographic assignments. Has a World Cup section, Twenty Ten. Royalty free CDs (urban Africa, business, people/relationships). Education, etc.

Africa News
Online magazine. Includes photographs. Focus is on Business, Microfinance, Society, Culture, Travel, Nature, Music and Sport. Published by Africa Interactive Publishers: Bas Vlugt, Peter Vlam. Based in the Netherlands.

Africa - PBS / National Geographic / Thirteen/WNET NY Television Series, Sept. 9 - Oct. 28, 2001
Site for the TV series. Includes a Photoscope section of photo essays on AIDS, urban life (Cairo, Rwanda, gays, the internet, Congo, South Africa, Nigeria), conflict (Eritrea, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Rwanda, Congo, Sudan), the environment, women. [KF]

Africa Photo Bank
"...professional royalty free.....stock photo library offering mainly pictures from Southern Africa." Photographs from Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa. Founded by Lucian Coman. Based in Botswana. [KF]

African Ceremonies
Site for Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher 's photographic books of traditional Africa (West, East, Southern Africa).

AfriPics Images
Sells stock photos. Need to request quotes. 27,000 photographs (licensed or royalty free) of People (mainly traditional Tuareg, Maasai, Zulu, Xhosa, Tonga, Afar; few modern urban scenes) and culture, Landscapes, scenics (Kigali, etc.) and Wildlife and nature. "print-ready, fully corrected 300 dpi A3 scans." Based in Nelspruit, South Africa.

Agenzia Fides
In English, Italian, French, etc. News, articles and documents from the Vatican regarding Catholic missions in Africa and other countries. Has for example (in Portuguese) a 2004 pastoral letter issued by the Catholic Bishops of Angola (summary in English). Photographs (from the 1930s to present) from African countries can be downloaded.

Alamy Stock Photo
Licenses use of their photographs and videos. Photograph prices range from c US $13 for personal use to c $184 and more for a marketing package. Videos inlcude market scenes, political events, aerial view of the rain forest, traditional festivals, shopping malls, etc. Their U.S. office is in Brooklyn.

Archive of Malian Photography
Project to preserve, digitize, and catalog photographic archival collections in Mali. View the photographs of photographers Mamadou Cissé, Adama Kouyaté, Abdourahmane Sakaly, Malick Sidibé, Tijani Sitou. Photographs are from the 1940s-1990s. Includes  biographies of the photographers. Project Director is Dr. Candace Keller, Michigan State University. Based in Bamako, Mali.

Art and Life in Africa - University of Iowa Museum of Art
 "the collaborative efforts of more than fifty scholars, technicians, collectors and institutions around the world." The Key Moments in Life section describes events such as infancy, childhood, initiation, marriage, religion, leadership, elderhood, death and illustrates them with art in a mini-slide show illustrating front and side views of each piece. The Countries Database provides basic facts. A Types of Art database describes the art of each ethnic group and basic facts about the group. The Peoples Database includes the Ashanti, Bamana, Baule, Bwa, Dogon, Fang, Hemba, Ibibio, Kongo, Kota, Kuba, Lobi, Luba, Lwalwa, Makonde, Mbole, Mossi, Pende, Suku, Tabwa, Woyo, Yaka, Yoruba.  Has essays by scholars. The Media section includes photographs, videos, and audio. Includes the Stanley Collection of African Art which contains over 500 objects. The Project is directed by Professor of Art, Christopher Roy. [KF] - Photographs Section
In French and English. Extensive site. Profile of Senegal, photographs and videos, Senegalese artists and their work, glass paintings, etc. Site by Imedia, based in Dakar; "une jeune societe senegalaise specialisee dans la communication et le multimedia."

Berluteau, Eric - Photographs
Photographs of Senegal, Morocco, wildlife, etc. Photographer Berluteau was born in France and lives in Morocco.

Boston University, African Studies Library - Archive of the Republic of Niger
Hosts the Archive of the Republic of Niger which includes photographs. Has many research guides - using primary sources, Africa and Islam,  "Web Resources for Peoples and Cultures of Africa," etc.  [KF]

Burkina by Matt
A collection of photographs taken during Matt McClure's Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso from 2001-2003. He worked as a physics/chemistry teacher at a secondary school in a village named Kouka. People, culture, travel in West Africa (Ghana, Mali,  Senegal), wildlife, Peace Corps volunteers. [KF]

Camerapix Publishers International
Independent multi-media company. Television production, publishing and photography. "The Camerapix Archive contains more than 4 million photographs of Africa and Asia. Spanning 40 years, subjects include current affairs, historical events, people and personalities, tribal images, wildlife, landscapes, and rare aerial and underwater photography." Founded by the late world-renowned photographer, cameraman and publisher, Mohamed "Mo" Amin, includes his biography. Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Crawfurd, Jacob
Jacob Crawfurd's 100 photographs of Cameroon, East Africa slide show and video clips, a panorama photograph of the valley in Bafang, Cameroon, plus 1937 historical photographs (no captions). Crawfurd, from Denmark, also heads JCJ Film, a one-man production company producing documentaries and short features. Learn about his video short story, Low Tide, with the Kizingo Arts Troupe, a group of 25 young Kenyan artists based in Mombasa, who perform Malaika.

Crocquet, Pierre
Crocquet is a photographer (and former accountant), winner of the 2003 Mondi Paper Magazine Award for Photography. Photographs of South Africa (including one of Nelson Mandela) and other African countries. Prints may be purchased. and

Dear Ethiopia
In English and French. Site by Bertrand Duquénois, an "account of my trips in this extraordinary country." Many photographs, includes an annotated bibliography (in French). [KF]

Digital Nollywood
Project for the preservation and exhibition of Nollywood film posters. Short history of Nollywood.

Dogon - Lobi - River Niger Albums
Over 400 photographs in six photo albums on contemporary urban Africa, the Dogon (Mali) , River Niger, and Lobi (Burkina Faso), and Egypt. One or two word captions only. Photographs by Huib Blom.

Ethiopia Observer
In English. News magazine type with long articles. Politics, economy, lifestyle, opinion, media, arts & culture, books. Has a photography section.

Fayemi, A. Olusegun
Contemporary black and white photographs (women, children, elders) from Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Nigeri and other countries. Dr. Fayemi is Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Site for Albofa Press, publisher of Dr. Fayemi's books, in White Plains, New York. [KF]

Find photographs on many topics taken by people all over the world. Site owned by Yahoo.

Getty Images
Contemporary and historical photographs, video, music. Single images range from $175-$499. Music requires their Premium Access Plan. Formerly Corbis.

Google Image Search
A search on Abdoulaye Wade retrieved 20 images, on Olusegun Obasanjo over 100 images including cartoons and for ibeji (twin figures) c. 60 images. Pages take a while to load. Results are pretty good though it's a puzzle as to why some images are retrieved.

Heller, Dan - Travel Photographer
Photos from West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Sahara Desert, Togo) and Tanzania (the Maasai, Mt. Kilimanjaro). Tips, advice for photographers.

Iluminando Vidas - Fotografia Mocambicana 1950-2001, Ricardo Rangel & the Next Generation
A photo exhibition about Mozambique photography from 1950 to 2001 by Ricardo Rangel, his proteges, Kok Nam and others. Daily life in Mozambique from colonial times to the present. Over 100 black and white photographs. Photographers' biographies, self portraits. An exhibition catalog was published. Historical timeline. [KF]

Incwadi, A Journal of South African poetry and photography
Founded in 2009. "represents new work by most of South Africa’s prominent poets. Editor: Ingrid Andersen. "Incwadi means both letter (missive) and book in Nguni languages."

Institut de recherche pour le d?veloppement (Paris)
French government research institute, formerly ORSTOM, with offices in Africa. Has photo images in their INDIGO database. See also the SERIMEDIS database which includes the Indigo database plus picture libraries of some of the major French research institutes. Subscription is free of charge. [KF]

International Center of Photography. Museum - Snap Judgements: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography
Curated by Okwui Enwezor. Selected images, artists' biographies.

IRIN Audiovisuals
Photographs of contemporary events - Rwanda 1994, Sierra Leone, Angola's War, Demining in Angola, Angola Food Report, etc. "Print-quality photos can be downloaded free of charge for non-commercial use ...." From the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). [KF]

Online magazine for fiction, essays, postry, literary criticism, photography, interviews. Founded 2020 January. 

The Maasai and Agents of Change
"The information and perspectives you'll find on this web site are, unlike most web sites on the Maasai, presented by a Maasai person rather than outsiders." On the people, land struggle, ceremonies, art, school & water projects, community, lion hunting, conservation, Western Paparazzi [who depict people as objects]. Sells a video by the site author, "Maasai and Agents of Change - a documentary" filmed in southeastern Kenya near Mt. Kilimanjaro in the Merrueshi region. Site by Kakuta ole Maimai Hamisi, presently a student in Washington state, U.S. [KF]
"Our photographs are unlike other photographer's work simply because the people photographed are our relatives and friends, who agree to be photographed on their own initiative. We represent them in a respectful manner which outside scholars sometimes fail to do."

Mande Studies Association
"...a multidisciplinary group with interests in the Mande region of West Africa." Their Newsletter is online, publishes a journal, Mande Studies. Membership directory. Mande 

MOdAMO.COM Photography "Photography for the discerning"
Nigerian photography studio. "......provides high quality professional photo services ranging from events to executive portraits to weddings." Based in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Other Africa / L'Autre Afrique
In French and English. "a new vision of the African continent far from the usual afro-pessimism of the Western Media" The African Middle Class, African Lights (cityscapes at night) and African DJs (portraits of African radio DJs. Covers Cameroon, Cape Verde, Gabon, Mauritania, Sao Tome, Senegal. Maintained by Philippe Sibelly (from Marseille, now based in London). or

Panapress, Pana
Pan african news agency. See the Photo section to purchase photographs. Must register to find out prices. Photos such as of Wole Soyinka, World Cup South Africa 2010.

Panos Pictures
"...a London-based independent photo agency representing photojournalists worldwide. Our photographers document issues and geographical areas which are under-reported, misrepresented or ignored." Sells high resolution photographs. "Panos’ job is to make the immensely complex issues facing developing countries accessible and understandable..." Connected with the Panos Institute. Based in London. [KF]

Peace Corps - Water in Africa
"...contains over 500 photo resources, representing the best of more than 3000 images submitted by the Peace Corps Volunteers serving in Africa." Access photos by country. Each photo has descriptive captions. Has short narratives about water in African daily life, lessons plans (by grade or subject) for K-12 students, maps, technical drawings. Produced by Peace Corps Volunteers, World Wise Schools' (WWS) classroom teachers, and WWS staff members. - Afrique et photographie
In French. Contemporary African photographers.

Health & development photographs. Search the database by subject, country, region, photographer. "intended for journalistic, documentary use. "images are available strictly for non-profit, educational use promoting international health and development,...." "request images for non-profit educational use,..." Has photography / image tips. "The Information and Knowledge for Optimal Health Project (the INFO Project), based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs, receives support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)."

Press, Betty - African Photographs
Photographs of West and East Africa. Betty Press was a photojournalist in Africa from 1987 to 1995. Now teaches photography at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Schadeberg, Jurgen
Site of the photographer who "documented black life, capturing on film the Rise of the Freedom Movement, Apartheid Repression and the vibrancy of township life and culture." "The Schadeberg Collection of Photographs brings to life key social, cultural and political events and personalities in South Africa's turbulent history." Recent photos, the San people of the Kalahari, jazz, Kliptown.

In French. Everything about life in Senegal, images of historic postcards (1870-1960), classifieds (rentals, etc.), videos (life & scenes in Senegal, Senegal's 2002 World Cup soccer team, news about the 2002 ferry disaster), Noms et prénoms du Sénégal, national parks (with maps), photographs. Based in France. [KF]

Sierra Leone Web - Photographs
Many sites with Sierra Leone photographs. Site maintained by Peter C. Andersen.

South African History On-line - Bonani Africa 2010

South African History On-line - Photography Online Books

South African Journal of Photography (Pretoria, South Africa)
" open source publication that is aimed at producing a direct and non-bias reflection of the fine art photographic market in South Africa." Professional photographers who are members display their work. Exhibitions calendar.

Swaziland Digital Archives
Digitizes old photos,  distributes them free on the internet, and for a nominal cost on CDs. Has some contemporary photos.

UNESCO Photobank Online
In English and French. Photographs and slides from 1946 + when UNESCO was founded. Search options include by country, geographic location (city, etc.), topic, photographer, year, keyword.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Photographs
Many Africa-related photographs especially of refugees. Photos are free. Also videos.

University of Virginia. Cape Coast Archive
Photographs of Ghana. Includes downtown Cape Coast, Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle, Asafo Shrine-Elmina, Kakum National Park, Government House 1998, architectural drawings 1999, local street signs / billboards 1999, historic photos of jails, churches, government buildings, children, Panafest 1999, boat building, Ko-sa Beach Resort, two early maps." For the Panoramic Images - Click on the far right symbol, place the cursor on the photo and hold the mouse button down to see a panorama of each photo. "a collaborative effort by the University of Virginia Library, the United States branch of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and Ghanaian institutions to document the unique cultural landscape of the Cape Coast,..." [KF]

University of Washington Libraries - Cities and Buildings Database
Many photographs of buildings from Ethiopia (churches, traditional wall paintings, Lalibela, photos by Juli McGruder), also from Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana (slave castles, traditional buildings), Northern Ghana (Herbert Cole photographs), Kenya (traditional buildings, Fort Jesus), Mali (mosques, cliff dwellings, Timbuktu), Niger (markets, Univ. of Niamey, villages, resorts, Nigeria (Nigerian architect's residence, markets, local govt buildings, compounds, homes, schools, Lagos, shrines, National Museum, includes Simon Ottenberg's photographs, secret society building), Tanzania (Zanzibar, mosques, carved doors, Zanzibar fort, People's Palace, includes photos by Juli McGruder), Zimbabwe (Great Zimbabwe, photos by Juli McGruder), Madagascar, Senegal. Includes photographs from journalist Lisa Schnellinger. [KF]

USAID Africa Photo Gallery
" taken by USAID staff and development partners reflects some of the many facets of USAID's work in Africa." Browse by country, sector (agriculture, crisis response, democracy, economic growth, education, environment, health, information technology), and keywords. "These photos may be used for non-commercial and educational purposes only."

White Fathers / Pères Blancs / Société des Missionnaires d'Afrique - Photographs
In French and English. "The Society of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) was born in Algeria, founded in 1868 by Mgr Charles Lavigerie, archbishop of Algiers." Includes photographs, etc. [KF]

Wikimedia Commons
Large collection of contemporary and historical photos. Includes photos from the Aart Rietveld collection, African Studies Centre Library, Leidan which has Robben Island photos and Nigeria 1970s photos. You can upload your photos.

Women Warriors: Cultural Guardians of the Ndebele
Photographs of Ndebele women, their mural paintings, beadwork, etc. On the site of Home Girl, Inc. created by Adrienne Hoard. Based in Jefferson City, Missouri.

World Bank Photo Library
Has many Africa-related photos. Use the Advanced Search. "Focusing on global development subjects include: agriculture, architecture, environment, health schools, nutrition programs, transportation, urban development and water issues."