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Addis holds a photograph exhibition

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The National Photo Journalist’s Association (NPJA) will hold an exhibition of photographs by nine photojournalists starting from today Wednesday at Habesha Gallery in Denbel City Center.
Around 130 photos in color and in black-and-white, some of them originally appeared in newspapers and magazines would be on display.
“The photos present Ethiopia’s environment, landscapes, culture, fashion, sports and people through the eyes and lens of Ethiopian photographers” Benyam Mengehsa, organizer and chair of NPJA told Addis Journal.
“The aim of the exhibition is to recognize the contribution that has been made by the ever-expanding photo journalism scene in Ethiopia It is an opportunity to give long-overdue recognition to the work of some the capable photojournalists around here who are all members of the Association” adds Benyam.
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The subjects vary from nomadic tribes in Southern Ethiopia to the young affluent women of Addis, tattered minibus taxi making ways for donkeys in Addis street to diligent farmers in the middle of heavier plows, the misery of old people, Aids patients in hospital and a sad looking mother holding her son so tightly.
Holding tight/Addis Journal
Despite all the troubles they are going through, all of the subjects are engaged in a heroic, life-and-death straggle.
The color photo of the Borena woman makes conscious reference to traveler’s album’s but is at pains to avoid tourist cliché’s.
Borena woman/Addis Journal

In one piece, the legendary Asnakech Worku, who is now in frail health was photographed in her bed while looking at her older photograph that showed with her ‘Kirar’ in which her youth, beauty, splendor was demonstrated.Asnakech Worku/Addis Journal
A woman with her camel is another interesting photo of the exhibition.
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Benyam says the criteria for selecting the photos were by looking at items such as framing, composition, light, perspective.
“Most importantly, the photos chosen are those that speak, that seize the best moment,” explains Benyam.
“The overall capability and quality of a professional photographer are usually tested by the photographer’s choice of lens, application of techniques. Long lenses and other state of the art equipment are of minor importance.
Benyams says they have a plan to make the exhibition annual event and to organize a competition in which best photographers would be rewarded.
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The exhibition would open tonight at Habesha gallery, 5 PM and it would go trough July 26.
(All photos here are courtesy of Benyam Mengesha)

  1. guardadocumentos
    July 22, 2009 at 8:30 am

    think about it .

  2. guardadocumentos
    July 22, 2009 at 8:30 am

    think about these people

  3. Sara
    July 22, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Superb photos but I guess they are edited a little too much.

  4. fatou2002
    July 23, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Shame I am not in Addis, these are great photos, would’ve loved to visit the exhibit

  5. ETENU
    July 25, 2009 at 1:42 am


  6. Lij.Theodros Tamrat
    August 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Arefe, I am impressed with your reporting.You shoulld have had proffesional shots of the Fashion Show.However i was more impressed by your Photography page.I wonder if we could make arrangements of having Journals Like yours at American Bookstores.

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