South Africa based art and design publishing house, Fourthwall Books is set to publish the photo book award for Joana Choumali from Ivory Coast and George Mahashe from South Africa. Both photographers are joint winners of the 2016 Fourthwall Books Photobook Award.

Commenting on the reason for 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 documentation of his visits to Balobedu in Limpopo province provides insight to 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.

“This Photobook Award is a first of its kind in Africa”, according to the publishers. It 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.

Choumali and Mahashe will be working closely with Fourthwall to produce their books by middle of 2016.

See a few photos for the photo-book below.

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Mahashe, Hamatshwi Skgapa Dancers 2

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Photography by Mahashe


Choumali, Haabre – 8

Ade Olakiitan, Intern/Art reporter, The Sole Adventurer