Dear Friends and Peers,
Since the start of this journey to organize the Addis Foto Fest in 2010, I often get the question of why I choose to undertake such a large and ambitious activity such a festival in a region that has not seen this type of international event in its history. My response often goes back to the first few years of teaching in Ethiopia and realizing that it wasn’t only education that was needed but that we also need an event in which we can also create opportunities to exchange ideas, resources and approaches on photography. Hence, the Addis Foto Fest has been a learning process for me in more ways then one, in a sense it has introduced me to the amazing international community of photographers but more importantly it has also given me a window into the new emerging talents of photographers in Ethiopia. In the past four years the Addis Foto Fest has been a witness to the growing number of photographers from Ethiopia who are producing collections that reflects the changing dynamics of our country and also capturing moments in our history for the future generation. In this edition of the Addis Foto Fest we are featuring 13 photographers from Ethiopia, who also were participants in our DFA Photography Workshop that took place last year. Looking at the collection of “Visions of Africa,” in the Addis Foto Fest (which features 17 countries from the contient), is a pallet of images that shows our history, challenges, transformation and more importantly our renaissance as one of the most diverse and ancient continents.