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Somaliland’s bright young photographers – an interview with Mustafe

August 16, 2014

©Mustafe Saeed Jirde


In August 2013 Proexposure ran two lively photo-training sessions in Hargeisa, Somaliland, as part of the Hargeisa International Book Fair. Photography is growing in popularity in this largely peaceful state, which seceded from Somalia in 1991, after a devastating civil war. The sessions provided a rare chance for Somalilanders to improve their photography, encouraging them to share visions of their rapidly changing country with the rest of the world.

PROEXPOSURE Kate Stanworth Somaliland

24 year old graphic designer Mustafe was one of the ten trainees who took part in the workshops. “I love all kinds of visual art – photography, video, fashion,” he says. “Before the war Hargeisa used to be one of the main African cities of the arts. But since the war things changed.”

Mustafe explains that photography is well practiced here. “A lot of journalists do their own photography and it’s common for people to take photos for social networking,”…

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