FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is LagosPhoto? ￼LagosPhoto is an annual photography festival in Lagos, Nigeria. Launched in October 2010, LagosPhoto is the first and only international art festival of photography in Nigeria. Events include exhibitions, workshops, 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 presents a contemporary and historical visual essay of the continent to both a local and global audience.
In 2010, LagosPhoto held its inaugural edition with a month-long exhibition entitled ‘No Judgment: Africa Under the Prism’ at the Eko Hotel and Suites with over one thousand guests in attendance on the opening night. Large-scale images were also displayed in public spaces across the city, allowing for communal viewing outside of the formal venue, including exhibitions at the Muri Okunola Park (Victoria Island), Falomo Roundabout (Ikoyi), and MKO Abiola Park (Ikeja).
In 2011, LagosPhoto featured forty-two local and international photographers with the theme ‘What’s Next: Africa’s Hidden Stories’. Other events included an amateur photography competition, a creative design fair, an exhibition of photographs from the Nooderlicht Festival showcasing archival works by Malick Sidibé and JD ‘Okhai Ojeikere, a family day and picnic at Muri Okunola Park, and photographic development workshops for young children. The festival has attracted the attention of international media, such as NRC Handelsblad, ZAM Magazine, Reuters, Geurnica, GUP Magazine, Vanguard, The Guardian, and Wings, among others.
The 2012 edition of LagosPhoto was entitled “Seven Days in the Life of Lagos” and documented seven aspects of the life in the city over seven days, including but not limited to religion, architecture, culture, nightlife, economy, government, and infrastructure.
When will the exhibition take place?
LagosPhoto is a month long festival, beginning with the Grand Opening Ceremony on October 26, 2013. The exhibition and outdoor venues will be open to the public throughout the festival’s run.
Who are the organizers and sponsors of LagosPhoto 2013?
LagosPhoto is organized by LagosPhoto Foundation and sponsored by Etisalat and Eko Hotel & Suites. The festival is financed through corporate sponsors and individual donations through the Friends of LagosPhoto membership group. To join Friends of LagosPhoto, please contact Wunika Mukan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the festival’s theme and how is it decided?
The theme of LagosPhoto 2013 is The Megacity and the Non-City. The theme is defined and articulated by the festival’s Directors and the Curatorial Team.
Are the images for sale?
The images are for sale unless otherwise determined by the artist/representing gallery. For sales information, please contact the foundation.
Will there be merchandise for sale?
Yes, available for purchase are LagosPhoto Festival shirts, canvas totes, LED flashlight pens, bumper stickers and catalogues from the 2012 edition.
Will there be a LagosPhoto 2014?
Yes, the LagosPhoto team will organize the fifth edition in 2014, and will continue in the following years as a sustainable annual festival.
Where will the exhibition be held?
LagosPhoto 2013 will take place in the following locations: The Eko Hotel & Suites, The African Artists’ Foundation, The Goethe Institut, Nimbus Gallery, A White Space, Omenka Gallery, and outdoor locations including: Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Falomo Roundabout, Ikoyi, Freedom Park, Lagos Island and Oworoshoki/ Alapere Median.
Is the exhibition free?
Yes, all venues indoor and outdoor are free.
￼Do I need a ticket for the outdoor exhibition?
The entrance to all indoor and outdoor exhibitions is free and a ticket is not required.
Who is the architect for the design of the outdoor exhibition spaces?
The architect of the outdoor exhibition spaces for LagosPhoto 2013 is Tosin Oshinowo, who will oversee a group of
What activities will be organized for LagosPhoto 2013?
2013 activities include: portfolio reviews, artist presentations, panel discussions, studio courses, the Etisalat Photography Competition, round table discussions, LagosPhoto Party in the Park and production workshops facilitated by prominent local and international photographers. A complete program for LagosPhoto programs will be announced in the coming weeks.
Who are the facilitators of the workshops?
Selected professional LagosPhoto photographers will share their knowledge and expertise in workshops with specified themes and objectives.
Is there a fee for the workshop?
Depending on the duration of the workshop, fees will vary. For further information on the workshops, check the Workshops page of the website in the coming weeks.
Will there be any accommodation during the workshops?
There will be no accommodation provided by LagosPhoto during the workshops.
ARTISTS INVOLVED IN LAGOSPHOTO
How can I participate in LagosPhoto as an artist?
For the LagosPhoto festival, you must be a practicing photographer in order to take part in the main exhibition. The focus on professional artists is important for the main component of the exhibition. There are several side exhibitions and competitions along the professional exhibition that focus on emerging photographers. As an emerging photographer, you have access to LagosPhoto workshops and seminars. You may also submit images to the official competition or the amateur competition.
Who are the artists?
LagosPhoto is an international photography festival. Participating artists consist of both African as well as international professional photographers.
Is there an open call for artists?
No. Due to this year’s concept, photographers were chose based on work relevant to the theme.
LAGOSPHOTO AND THE COMMUNITY
How does LagosPhoto support emerging photographers?
There are workshops hosted during LagosPhoto that are open to all interested photographers. Professional photographers lead the workshops and are eager and willing to share skills with emerging photographers. LagosPhoto has also partnered with the Neue Schule Berlin and Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris France to offer summer workshops to emerging photographers. Additionally, LagosPhoto offers workshops year-round and the opportunity for photographers to complete artist residencies in Lagos.
Who is invited to the preview?
The preview is dedicated to the award ceremony and the the Friends of Lagos Photo, who, through their generous support, help to make this event possible.
How does LagosPhoto help the community?
One of the aims of LagosPhoto is to bring art to public spaces and increase awareness of art in society, and promote the use of photography as a tool for self-empowerment. Furthermore, LagosPhoto aims to support and encourage emerging photographers to improve their skills and sustain themselves financially through their photography.
Will there be an exhibition catalogue?
The 2012 LagosPhoto catalogue will be available during this year’s edition. The 2013 catalogue will be forthcoming.
How do I get news and updates for LagosPhoto 2013?
For more information, consult the News section of the website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Does LagosPhoto work with local companies in the development of the project?
Yes, as non-profit organization, it is important to us to work with local companies to organize and implement the LagosPhoto Festival.
Who do I contact for more information regarding LagosPhoto 2013?
For Sponsorship enquiries, contact Wunika Mukan at email@example.com.
Press local press enquiries, contact Evelyn Aluede at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For international press enquiries, contact Joseph Gergel or Medina Dugger at: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founders/Directors | Azu Nwagbogu, Caline Chagoury
Creative Director | Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman
Curators | Azu Nwagbogu, Caline Chagoury, Joseph Gergel, Medina Dugger
Head Branding & Sponsorship | Wunika Mukan
Project Coordinator/Public Relations | Evelyn Aluede
Gallery Manager | Olayinka Sangotoye
Project Manager | Buki Adebimpe
Project Coordinator | Sijuade Sanni
Curatorial Fellow | Nick Hagen
Samuel Nwokocha | Gallery Assistant
Segun Alabi | Gallery Assistant
Founding Sponsors | Etisalat, Eko Hotel & Suites