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Africana, Changing the Narrative with Yannis Davy Guibinga

Whether used for stills photography or filmmaking, a camera offers the user a unique opportunity to tell a story. Here at Wex Photo Video, we recognise the value of those stories and believe they all deserve to be heard, as they provide an insight into the spectrum of human experiences lived across a nation of creative people.

Our #ChangeTheImage campaign showcases a selection of talented individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds, all of whom live and work in the UK. Join us from 24th May for a week of inspiring, entertaining and educational events that reflect the diverse passions, skills and views of our community.

Yannis Davy Guibinga has found in photography a strength and a tool, allowing him to not only celebrate, but also to document and represent the many cultures and identities on the African continent and its diaspora.

His portrait photography is a documentation of a new generation of Africans, unapologetically embracing their many identities and cultures in the face of globalization and Western cultural imperialism. His work also focuses on highlighting the diversity of African identities, as well as how these identities are created through the intersection of different factors such as gender, culture and socioeconomic status. By letting each image tell a different story and illustrate a unique experience, point of view, and perspective, Yannis Davy Guibinga creates a world of powerful, beautiful and dignified Africans regardless of gender performance, class or sexual orientation.

This talk is supported by Canon.

This talk will cover:

– Intro to Yannis' career and examples of his works/projects.

– Settings and setup – what's in his kitbag.

– Why he began this body of work; what it means to him.

– Telling stories through photography; capturing raw emotion.

– Tips and tricks for anyone undertaking similar projects.

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