Picha 5 - UHURU minor accidents - Eng. M.W. Wambwa, 2016
"In the fifth book of the Ebifananyi series; Picha – UHURU- minor accidents – Eng. M.W. Wambwa Andrea Stultiens delves into the archive of Eng. M.W. Wambwa. Shortly before meeting Stultiens he had burned all negatives of his photographs, but luckily slides made in the 60’s had survived. These slides are the basis of this book, together with photographs by Rumanzi Canon (Ug) and Elsadig Mohamed(Sd) and old black and white film material edited by Luuk van den Berg(Nl)".
(quote from the publisher's website)
Eng. M.W. Wambwa was born in 1933 and is one of the first western trained engineers in Uganda. Journalism and photography would have been his second career choice. During the first half of the 1960s he photographed on slides, creating a colourful image of Uganda around independence. He also wrote an extensive memoir.
Elsadig Mohamed (Sudan) is a photographer and filmmaker. In his photographs in this exhibition the focus is shifted. It is sometimes hard to be sure what exactly is seen. At the same time this makes it possible to see certain structures present in the city and the way it is photographed.
Luuk van den Berg (the Netherlands) is a design student at Minerva Academy in Groningen. He has a big interest in photography and was invited to rephotograph the historical photographs.
Rumanzi Canon (Uganda) is an artist and co-founder of HIPUganda. He zoomed out of what the historical photographs show, making places into planets, expands framed views in panoramic images, shooting, as he calls them Holes in the world.