Welcome to Tender Photo, a newsletter on African photography.

Every week I feature one photograph and the photographer who took it. You’ll read a short introductory note from me, and more importantly, a statement from the photographer. 

My goal for Tender Photo is to create a publication where people can learn about photography together, through the work of African photographers I admire. I want to reach readers willing to give some thought to how photography impacts their lives and shapes their perceptions. And I want to pay homage to the work of a diverse group of African artists working in different forms of photography, including fine art, fashion, documentary, and editorial photography.

The process of choosing the photograph I present is simple but collaborative. I send 3 photographs to a photographer born or based in Africa (selected from their portfolio). They choose one of those photographs and respond to 5 simple questions:

  1. Where was the photograph taken?

  2. How did you go about taking the photograph?

  3. What makes this photograph special to you?

  4. Can you describe your approach to photography?

  5. In what ways do you think photography is impactful?

Then, I edit the responses into a short statement that forms the main content of the weekly newsletter. 

Here’s what you can expect when you subscribe to Tender Photo:

A diverse group of photographers. I am constantly reaching out to photographers, most of whom are in the early to mid stages of their career.

An eclectic range of photographs. I place no restrictions on the type of photographs I feature.

What the photographer is thinking. We often see photographs without knowing how (or where, when, or why) they were taken. Each photograph featured in the newsletter will be contextualized by the photographer.

An unexpected way of looking at photographs. In writing my short introduction, I do not explain the photograph or tell you what to think about it. I simply provide a statement of what I see or think or feel when I look at the photograph. 

Tenderness—warmth, affection, care, love—is the guiding principle for how I work on the newsletter, which photographs or photographers I feature, and what I hope to communicate to you.

Thank you for reading, and sharing with your network. 

Emmanuel.


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