Ugandan Photographer Sarah Waiswa Wins Prestigious Recontres d’Arles 2016 Discovery Award

Sarah Waiswa snags the Recontres d’Arles 2016 Discovery Award for her project that sheds light on the challenges those with albinism face.

Ugandan-born, Nairobi-based photographer Sarah Waiswa recently won the Recontres d’Arles 2016 Discovery Award for her photography project: “
Stranger in Familiar Land.”

The documentary and portrait photographer clinched the competitive and prestigious prize in Arles, France. Ethiopian photographer and contemporary artist Aida Muluneh presented Waiswa with the prize for her work.

“[Stranger in Familiar Land] groups together various portraits of an albino woman set against the backdrop of the Kibera slums, which are a metaphor for my turbulent vision of the outside world. This series illustrates the life of an albino who is forced to face challenges emanating from both the sun and society,” Waiswa says in her project statement.

Speaking on the photographer’s offering, Muluneh says in an official statement:

“Sarah’s approach to photography is one of the curious gaze that reflects the complexities of her surroundings and of a continent that is still captured by others through a lens which perpetuates clichés.”

Have a look at  Waiswa's "Stranger in a Familiar Land" below:

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

The summer photography festival started in 1970 by Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, and the Discovery Award is given to a photographer or an artists using photography whose work has recently been discovered or deserves to be.

Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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