【ON LIVE 】3 BOOKS with “Africa in the photobooks”
RPS Online Photobook event
3 BOOKS ON LIVE with “Africa in the photobooks” project
Guest: Photographer and (photo)historian Ben Krewinkel
3BOOKS curator, Facilitator: Moto Yoshikuni, Yumi Goto(RPS curator)
The interview will mainly be spoken in English. English to Japanese translation will be available
Date and time: 17th May 2020, starting 6 pm Japan hours
※Online live streaming.
Let us inform you with the details of how to access online viewing later on. When alterations are required for access, we will update information on this Facebook page.
About the event
The next edition of our annual photobook event “3BOOKS” at Reminders Photography Stronghold will be held online due to the current situation under the state of emergency to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
We will invite photographer and photo historian Ben Krewinkel for our guest to talk and discuss “Africa in the photobook”, a website he manages about the changing visual representation of Africa as expressed through the medium of the photobook.
Photography in Africa has a historical context, heavily dealing with Eurocentrist colonialism.
What is the power behind photographic observation?
Having a background also in anthropology, political propaganda, and maybe recently photojournalism, the power relationship between the subject and observer is especially apparent in photos in Africa.
Photographs also show the history of a diaspora of people who were forced to move to various countries and continents.
The role of photography is to carry not only the political background but also to visualize the life and culture of individuals and the people.
What can we learn from the archive?
What are the past and future possibilities of photography in Africa?
The changing perspective on the African continent will be the theme.
Ben Krewinkel will introduce his recommended 3 books from his collection.
We are looking forward to having one and all to participate in the viewing of the online event.
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 books 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.
Profile | Ben Krewinkel
As a documentary photographer Ben Krewinkel (Maastricht 1975) teaches photography at the School of Journalism in Utrecht and worked four years at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. He also works as a curator and book designer working with a.o. Bertien van Manen, Geert van Kesteren, Ringel Goslinga, Koos Breukel, Cynthia Boll, Dana Lixenberg. Currently he is working a new photobook and the compendium Africa in the Photobook on the changing visual representation of Africa as expressed through the medium of the photobook.