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A Complex Self-Portrait of Africa

Holding a retrospective exhibit after only 15 years as a professional photographer may seem unexpected. But such was the timing for Akintunde Akinleye, the only Nigerian photojournalist to have won a World Press Photo prize, in 2007. Since then, he has continued his work for Reuters, capturing life in the heart of Lagos, whose population of more than 20 million makes it Africa’s largest city.

Andrew Dosunmu’s 'The African Game'

Nigerian photographer and filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu‘s 2006 collection "The African Game" explores the diverse relationships between soccer and “modern African culture, life and identity. A compelling, on-the-ground depiction of Africa’s passion for soccer,” Dosunmu’s striking photographs of stadium crowds and fans from across Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Côte D’Ivoire, Angola, Ghana, Tunisia, and Egypt were published alongside lively essays by writer Knox Robinson.

6 Black Male Visual Artists from Toronto to Look Out For!

Check out these awesome visual artists from Toronto that are killing the game right now.

Komi Olaf is a visual artist and poet. He is currently represented by Agora Gallery in New York city.

Gyimah Litsitso Gariba is a freelance illustrator, designer and animator from Ghana living in Toronto.

Capturing Senegal's Strongest

Swedish photographer, Lasse Burell, “more or less stumbled” into the sandpit of Senegalese wrestling. La Lutte – literally translated as “The Fight” – is Burell's new photo-book, capturing a duel of strength and beauty amongst the West African country’s national sport – “Even bigger than football!” riffs Burrell. A no-frills fighting tradition that has developed from ancient pre-battle warm-up's to a stadium-worthy sport in an artful display of agility, strength and ability.

Kings of Kings Road

Ty Ogunkaya, Body Alves and Liam Gardner photographed by Olgaç Bozalp and styled by Rose Forde, for the latest German issue of "L’Officiel Hommes".

Jody Jock

A quiet man, born and raised amongst the dessert heat and twilight glitter of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jody Jock has spent the past 14 years in San Francisco taking photographs with haunting narratives. By refusing to be held back by a lack of resources he is an inspiring example for young creatives beginning their artistic journey.

Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou - Opposites Attract

Bienese photographer Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou incorporates a technique very traditional of African portraiture. With this method he captures the body-builders of Porto Novo, showcasing the current generation of Africans caught between tradition and what would be seen as more ‘modern’ practices. Body-builders are nothing new within Africa, but Leonce has them bearing plastic flowers; a beautiful contrast to their masculinity all tied together with various traditional prints surrounding them.

The Best African Art in 2014

2014 had no shortage of exceptional images and stories from the African art world. Artists like Wangechi Mutu, Hassan Hajjaj, and Chris Saunders continued to perfect their trade with exhibition openings across the globe. Morocco opened its first contemporary art museum. Street art took over Accra’s streets for the fourth year running. The Brooklyn Museum made a commitment to African art with an ambitious new long-term installation. 1:54 in London, Europe’s leading contemporary African art fair, drew in work by over 100 of the Continent’s top artists.

John Edmonds' Tender Nude Portraits in "Adult" Magazine

The New York-based erotic magazine "Adult" showcases its 2nd issue with this sublime collection of pictures from a talented photographer John Edmonds. The series consists entirely of portraits of young black men, most of whom are strangers he meets on the Washington, DC metro. The images, says Edmonds, are meant to complicate a superficial eroticism by adding layers of political intent.

Ajamu Challenges Homophobia

Ajamu's work represents black LGBT men and women - a section of British society he feels are often silent or marginalised. "We don’t hear the voices of LGBT people who are 'out' in black families. We don’t hear the voices of our aunts and uncles and mothers and dads and grandmas who are perfectly happy with their sons and daughters being lesbians and gays. Those narratives are missing" he says. One of Ajamu's black and white photographs presents him dressed in fishnets, a leather gimp mask and high heels.

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