Theme: Future Thinking

“An army of African photographers.” That’s what creative director Kassie Naidoo says Lampost Luminaries aims to create through its fellowships for emerging womxn photographers and videographers. The annual programme, which launched this year, is currently taking four young talents, who already have a foundation in photography or videography, through 10 months of fulltime training, which includes five months of skills development (technical, business and creative), three months of on-the-job experience, and a two months’ internship at an advertising agency, publishing house or at Lampost Productions, the creative production company behind the initiative.

Lampost Productions founder Jodie Ennik, together with Naidoo and Nandi Dlepu, founder of creative agency Mamashaka, are the forces behind Lampost Luminaries. Says Ennik, “As women business owners working with photographers, we saw the gaps and wanted to push women of colour in this industry because no one was doing it.”

The four ‘lumes’, as they call themselves, are Thalente Mitchell Khomo, Lili Ming, Basetsana Maluleka and Lebogang Tlhako. Since February they have already completed five projects, under the guidance and instruction of top international photographers, gaining business knowledge, post-production skills and access to influential networks along the way. “We’re fast-tracking their progress in the industry,” Ennik says.

“Very few African women photographers are doing the medium-to-big advertising campaigns and big editorial covers for magazines and newspapers,” said Naidoo, who hopes that the lumes will shift this. “We want more women telling stories from their perspectives – through a female gaze – so that we have a more open visual storytelling archive in this country one day.”

Applications for the 2021 fellowships open in October. For more information, head over to their website.

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