Kampala Photo Market First Edition a Roaring Success
The very first Kampala Photo Market was held on Tuesday 31st March, 2015 and for a first timer on the social calendar, the event has already proved itself a contender.
Slated to happen 3 to 4 times a year, the Kampala Photo Market is filling a gap in the arts industry. The gap created by an absence of contemporary photography in the public conversation on art. The event had 10 very talented Ugandan photographers show off 5 of their pieces bringing the total number of pictures displayed to 50.
Guests were treated to Moses Serubiri’s cohesive series of fantasy cars that said a lot about present day Kampala, Roshan Karmali’s conceptual work whose use of colour was arresting, Mohsen Taha’s striking black and white images of Kampala streets, Joshua Iga’s technical genius, Laurean Pyler’s stirring portraits, Ethel Nshakira’s considered studies of daily life, Christine Masiika’s work which was bursting with colour, Liz Kamugisha’s evocative photos of Ugandans at work, Julius Ceaser’s incredibly sharp images and Darlyne Komukama’s travel vignettes.
All the images were printed with the highest regard to quality and were mounted and framed to highlight the same. All A3 prints, in their frames, were sold for the very reasonable price of UGX 100,000 and seeing this, the guests couldn’t wait to purchase the works of art. All the participating photographers sold at least 1 print each and Mohsen Taha’s HDR-ish image of bustling downtown Kampala sold 7 prints, the most of any one print.
Yasigi Beer Garden, which was the location for this first event, was packed with a wide range of people from all over, Kampala’s Twitterati, art collectors and curators, gallery owners, artists, photographers and art enthusiasts.
In her speech, Christine Masiika (right), whose brain child the Kampala Photo Market was, reiterated her vision for the event to be Uganda’s premier avenue for the exhibition and sale of contemporary photography by Ugandan photographers and after the first event, it’s safe to say that this in entirely a vision within reach. Look out for subsequent events this year to be held in June and October.