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Winners of the 2016 Fourthwall Books Photobook Award for African photographers announced

Alert! The winners of the inaugural Fourthwall Books Photobook Award for African photographers have been announced.

The independent publisher will launch the annual award with two remarkable photographers, who were announced as joint winners today.

South African photographer George Mahashe, a PhD Fine Art candidate at University of Cape Town, originally from Limpopo, shares the award with Ivory Coast photographer Joana Choumali.

Both of these extraordinary artists will be working with Fourthwall Books to produce their books this year.

Congratulations to Mahashe and Choumali! We look forward to seeing the end result.

Press release:


Winners of the 2016 Fourthwall Books Photobook Award

Joana Choumali (Ivory Coast) and George Mahashe (South Africa) are the joint winners of the 2016 Fourthwall Books Photobook Award.

In selecting Choumali’s work Hââbré: The Last Generation, the jury remarked on the strength of these portraits of men and women with facial scarification. The subjects of Choumali’s photographs may, owing to political and social pressure, be the last people in Abidjan to wear these ritual facial markings.

In Mahashe’s Gae – Lebowa, the photographer’s record of excursions to his home of Bolobedu in Limpopo Province, provides insight into the notion of home in relation to an indigenous archive and colonial history. The jury was pleased to see a sustained and unusual engagement with the traditions, history and contemporary life of a rural community.

The Fourthwall Books Photobook Award, the first such award in Africa, is aimed at promoting the work of new and established photographers on the continent. It is awarded to photographers who have produced an excellent body of work suited to publication in book format.

Working closely with Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg, Choumali and Mahashe will produce their books in 2016.

Take a look at some previous publications by Fourthwall Books:

WaitingPlatinumGood RiddanceSlow FiresBreyten Breytenbach - A Monologue in Two Voices


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