Theory & Practice

Azu Nwagbogu on Contemporary Photography in Africa

Jean Gaumy “I have selected this image because it’s about youth, calmness and the future in Chernobyl, Ukraine, a region that faces an uncertain and precarious future.” - Azu Nwagbogu. A village in an area of (...)
Bieke Depoorter “An image that has so much information with so little to see. Bieke Depoorter’s approach in getting really close to her subjects and stories is somewhat at odds in this capture but very fitting in (...)
Jean Gaumy “A capture that transmits so much empathy. Reminds me of a Goya etching and brings to focus the hidden casualties of war—the mental health impact on mothers and women in general.“ - Azu Nwagbogu. A (...)
Larry Towell “A very clever image that reminds us of the displaced Native Indians who are fighting today for their land like their ancestors gone before.” - Azu Nwagbogu. Sacred Stone Camp with photo from Oceti (...)
Martin Parr “This is an image that could be read or interpreted in so many ways but essentially for me it’s about the irony of group tourism. In trying to understand a place you visit but then not mingling wit (...)
Thomas Dworzak “I like this body of work very much as it blends fiction and reality.” - Azu Nwagbogu. Tin soldier Museum, Oise, Compiegne, France. August 2016. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr “The internet revolution is on Cuba.” - Azu Nwagbogu. Havana, Cuba. 2017. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini “A beautiful image of a car in Cuba. The image transmits a sense foreboding.” - Azu Nwagbogu. For almost 50 years the Republic of Cuba was led by Fidel Castro, starting when he took position as the (...)
Sohrab Hura “Decolonisation aesthetics is a topic of personal interest. Image and identity are often represented through objects. These cars not to be driven but as status symbols.” - Azu Nwagbogu. Amit Sapre (...)
Jean Gaumy This photo represents "freedom in confinement,” says Azu Nwagbogu. Prison, St Martin de Ré, France. 1978. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini “An image that is quirky and beautiful.” - Azu Nwagbogu. Heroin addict, Juarez downtown. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. December 2, 2011. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy “A melancholic, powerful and beautiful image. Women are often forgotten casualties of war as they bury their men.” - Azu Nwagbogu. Celebration of the Day of the Dead, merging indigenous customs wi (...)
Harry Gruyaert “Harry’s eye for composition and colour is unparalleled.” - Azu Nwagbogu. Forum des Halles shopping mall. Paris, France. 2016. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos