Joe-Francis Kiaga

2020

“I chose to study photography first and foremost because I enjoy creating art. Additionally, I would like to start my own photography school in Tanzania one day, a year of formal education in the medium has certainly helped shape my ideas for this going forward.“ – Joe-Francis Kiaga.

View their photographs produced during this year, along with their year-end interview below:

PHOTOGRAPHER'S INSTAGRAM

YEAR-END INTERVIEW

When you started the programme what genre of photography were you interested in and has it shifted over the course of the year?

Portraiture has, and probably always will be my favorite genre of photography. What has changed this year however is the fact that I am now a much bigger fan of self-portraiture specifically.

Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?

Film. I enjoy all the possibilities enjoyed in-camera, as well as the fact that shooting on film is a naturally more intimate process than shooting on digital cameras.

What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?

Themes of self-love, sexuality, and escape have been major driving points for me this year.

Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?

Spontaneous. Introspective. Melanated.

Why did you choose to study photography?

I chose to study photography first and foremost because I enjoy creating art. Additionally, I would like to start my own photography school in Tanzania one day, a year of formal education in the medium has certainly helped shape my ideas for this going forward.

What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?

The curation of my first photobook has been a true highlight for me. Constantly evolving discussions after multiple shoots really helped show me that photography is a much more thought out, planned process than I had ever thought before this year.

What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?

Zanele Muholi. Their self-portraiture work has served to affirm it as a very viable medium for me to continue to practice and grow in. I hope to meet them one day!

What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?

 That high-quality work can be produced spontaneously without any prior need for planning.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned from the course?

 That there isn’t any one style of photography that is better. Not unlike painting, every single one of us has a unique way of executing the ideas in our head.

How has photography shifted the way that you navigate the world?

Wherever I go, without fail, I will try and figure out how I would plan a photo shoot in that space!

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