Africa Is a Country: The Archive of Malian Photography

This is from May, but I missed it, and it’s too good to miss. From Africa is a Country: The Archive of Malian Photography. “‘Every unit of meaning, and not just every image, is a public crossroads of histories of interpretation.’ This reflection comes from Paul Landau’s introduction to Images and Empire: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa (2002), but also applies to the images and the overall mission of the Archive of Malian Photography. By digitizing more than 100,000 images by Malian photographers, project director Candace Keller, a professor of African art history and visual culture at Michigan State University, hopes that the collection will ‘shape the way photographic history and cultural practice in West Africa are taught and studied since the concepts displayed go beyond what we’re used to seeing….'”