Lagos Photo: Designing Futures

LagosPhoto Foundation is pleased to present the sixth edition of the annual LagosPhoto Festival in Lagos, Nigeria, October 24 - November 21, 2015 entitled “Designing Futures”.

Currently in its sixth edition, Lagos Photo is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. In a month long programme, events include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions, screening, and large scale outdoor installations in congested public spaces in Lagos. LagosPhoto aims to provide a platform for the development and education of contemporary photography in Africa by establishing mentorships and cross-cultural collaborations with local and international artists. LagosPhoto presents photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the promotion of social programmes, and the reclaiming of public spaces. LagosPhoto 2015 will feature thirty-five photographers spanning eighteen countries. 


Designing Futures, this year’s theme and conversation of interest is intended to explore contemporary dialogues surrounding design in Africa. In a continent whose design history includes the Benin Bronzes, Adinkra, and some of the oldest writing systems known to man, deference to these feats are acknowledged in the rich and sometimes frugally chic designs we see today.

Photographers from across the continent and beyond display deft but also awareness of the cultural and socio-political landscape that influence daily life, and in turn communicate that awareness through the images they create. Looking at both the literal definition of design, and a more philosophical one, curator Cristina De Middel states: “Making a plan is designing your future, crossing your fingers, praying... a pony tail, a choreography, the shape of countries like Mali.” By questioning our concept of creative design and day to day design and blurring the line between the two, the exhibition presents photography that forces the viewer to reconsider and even reconcile what design is, has become, and will be in the future.


LagosPhoto opens to the public on October 24th, 2015 at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. Satellite exhibition venues in arts and cultural spaces throughout the city extend to Omenka Gallery, Africans Artists’ Foundation, Stranger Lagos, Goethe-Institut, White Space, Yaba Tech, Quintessence. Outdoor exhibitions in public spaces in Lagos include Muri Okunola Park, Falomo Roundabout (Ikoyi), Beko Ransome Kuti Park (Antony), Awojobi Park (Onike), Freedom Park, MKO Abiola Park (Ikeja), and Dolphin Park (Ikoyi).


LagosPhoto is proudly sponsored by the Eko Hotel & Suites and Etisalat, with partners World Press Photo. Supporters include LIRS, LASAA, LASPARK, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Lufthansa,

Romarong, Pixers, Pernod Ricard Nigeria, Universal Furniture, Goethe Institut, France 24.


Media sponsors;

Hello Nigeria!, Ovation Magazine, Cool FM, Cool TV and 54artistry. LagosPhoto is additionally supported by the Ford Foundation.



Owise Abuzaid (Egypt)

François Beaurain (France)

Andile Buka (South Africa)

Joana Choumali (Ivory Coast)

Omar Victor Diop & Antoine Tempé (Senegal & France/USA)

Daniel Donnelly (UK)

Kadara Enyeasi (Nigeria)

Delphine Gatinois (France)

Robin Hammond (New Zealand)

Navin Kala (India)

Andrea Gisele Keyezua (The Netherlands)

Ben Krewinkel (The Netherlands)

Francois Knoetze (South Africa)

Namsa Leuba (Switzerland/Guinea)

Robin Maddock & Benedicte Kurzen (UK & France)

Renzo Martens (The Netherlands)

Ima Mfon (Nigeria)

Fabrice Monteiro (Senegal)

Nobukho Nqaba (South Africa)

Zohra Opoku (Ghana/Germany)

James Ostrer (UK)

Gloria Oyarzabal (Spain)

Vicente Paredes (Spain)

Max Pinckers & Michiel Burger (Belgium & The Netherlands)

Émilie Réigner (France/Canada)

Chris Saunders (South Africa)

Mehdi Sefrioui (Morocco)

Patrick Selemani (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Alice Smeets (Belgium)

Romaric Tisserand (France)

William Ukoh (Nigeria)

Patrick Willocq (France)


Through our numerous collaborations, LagosPhoto continues to provide a platform for the improvement and progression of professional and emerging photographic talent in a comprehensive public programming initiative that includes workshops, artist presentations, and portfolio reviews facilitated by prominent local and international photographers.


Special projects & satellite exhibitions in conjunction with LagosPhoto include:

Congo by Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli at Art Twenty One

1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality. A group exhibition curated by Myles Little,

AtWork Lab workshop and notebook exhibition: Do You Know Who I Am? inspired by lettera27 AtWork format

Penny, Penny and Born Free by Marco Casino

Looking Forward. The New York Times ‘Lens’ Exhibit at Lagosphoto Festival curated by Whitney Richardson

International Photo Festival Leiden: 20 Emerging European Photographers

World Press Photo 2015


Nigerian Music album covers and photography

How Long is Now? in partnership with MiaP Foundation



LagosPhoto Summer School

LagosPhoto Summer School, in partnership with the Neue Schule für Fotografie in Berlin, Germany, offers an international exchange with a ten-day Master workshop in Lagos to be held for emerging photographers during LagosPhoto. The LagosPhoto Summer School is organized by Eva Maria Ocherbauer and facilitated with Ben Chislett in association with LagosPhoto.


Etisalat Photography Competition: I Love Nigeria!

How do we define our love for Nigeria? The Etisalat Photography Competition aims to develop and nurture

photographic talent in Nigeria by providing a platform for emerging Nigerian photographers to have their

work exhibited to a wide audience and win monetary prizes. This year, the theme I Love Nigeria! delves into the Nigerian identity as it relates to the adornment and expansiveness of the country and it’s peoples. The grand finale of the competition is scheduled for October 2015 where the first prize winner of the competition will receive a Canon Camera; the second prize winner will get an iPad mini and the third prize winner will receive a high end Nokia Lumia device.


World Press Photo 2015

World Press Photo, the preeminent international photography competition that features the best of photo journalism worldwide, has brought its annual exhibition to Freedom Park in partnership with LagosPhoto.

The World Press Photo exhibition reaches an audience of over two million people annually and travels to over 45 countries each year. This is the third year of World Press Photo’s partnership with LagosPhoto, expanding

the conceptual scope of  LagosPhoto to include the global discourse of photojournalism and current events worldwide.



POPCAP’15, the international photography competition for contemporary African photography, has partnered with LagosPhoto to present its exhibition in Lagos during the festival. This year’s winners: Filipe Branquinho (Mozambique), Tahir Carl Karmali (Kenya), Zed Nelson (Uganda), Zied Ben Romdhane (Tunisia), and Romaric Tisserand (France) executed photographic projects taken on the African continent or that deal with the African Diaspora. POPCAP ’15 will be exhibited at Image Afrique in Basel, Switzerland, at the POPCAP exhibition in cooperation with LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, Nigeria, and the POPCAP exhibition at the FIFCV Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Cabo Verde, among others.


LagosPhoto Mobile App

The LagosPhoto Mobile App is available on Android and iPhone devices, where visitors can find information about the exhibition, artists, and satellite projects. The LagosPhoto Mobile App is supported by Etisalat Nigeria.


LagosPhoto Award

Marc-André Schmachtel – Award for commitment and dedication to the creative and social development of art during his tenure at Goethe-Institut

Jelili Atiku – Award for passion, commitment and dedication to art performance to drive social justice in Nigeria.

International Exhibitions

Looking Forward: The New York Times Lens Exhibit at LagosPhoto Curated by Whitney Richardson

Examining LagosPhoto Festival’s 2015 theme, Designing Futures, The  New York Times Lens blog curated a selection of images by photographers around the continent  published on Lens. While religious,  racial or identity conflicts may arise in different regions throughout Africa,  the nine featured  photographers showcase a wide-range of communities captivating stories of courage, resilience and hope for a better future.

Participating photographers: Katie Orlinsky, Glenna Gordon, Joao Silva, Sipho Mpongo, Sam Phelps, Andrew Esiebo, Robin Hammond, Zara Simiry and Carolina  Arantes.

Congo by Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli

Congo, presented at les Rencontres d’Arles, features the work of Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli. Featuring candid shots of daily life in the city and in more rural areas, the photographs captured in Congo display vulnerability and triumph. Les Rencontres d’Arles only features part of the series, while the book of the same title includes additional photos as well as writing by Alain Mabanckou.