LagosPhoto Festival launched in 2010, is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. The event taking lace from October – November 2016 at Eko Hotels and Suites is in its final week and has featured a variety of amazing local and international photographers, curators and media houses for the exhibition.
In a month-long festival in Lagos -the hotbed of art, music and fashion, the events included exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions and large scale outdoor prints displayed throughout the city with the aim of reclaiming public spaces and engaging the general public with multifaceted stories of Africa.
LagosPhoto aims to establish a community for contemporary photography which will unite local and international artists through images that encapsulate individual experiences and identities from across all of Africa.
LagosPhoto presents and educates about photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the sharing of cultural practices, and the promotion of social programmes.
According to Fati Abubakar, a photographer working in northern Nigeria: “You meet people from all over the world who teach you a lot about cultures, their experience as photographers, [their] challenges,” she says. “It is very necessary for us to not only to support [each other] but to critically assess each other so we can be better.”