Come August 5, Lagos will witness the launch of the Fashola Photographic Foundation which is aimed at supporting, promoting and developing the art and technology of visual arts- photography, cinematography and videography in Nigeria. The launch is set to hold at the Banquet Hall, City Hall in Lagos.
Prior to the August launch, there will be a series of contests and workshops for emerging and professional photographers to raise awareness and develop critical thinking in contemporary photographic art in Nigeria.
The week-long workshop, which include street photography, documentary-making and portraitures, will further provide a supportive and inspirational community where photographers of all levels can build confidence in their creative and technical skills.
The Fashola Photo workshop is an annual tuition-free professional workshop aimed at nurturing emerging talent from Nigeria. For every edition, 15 participants will be selected from across the region to participate in an intensive week-long workshop conducted by international professional photographers who volunteer their time and expertise to be a part of this initiative.
The inaugural photo contest will be held annually and, based on selected themes, will provide a platform for participants to gain recognition for their artistic and technical achievements. The theme for this year is â€œDialogue with Nature and Nostalgia Portraitsâ€. The Foundation is a befitting tribute to the late Alhaji Ademola Fashola by his children, as it celebrates their father and his great love for photography.