PHOTAMA - The Photographers Association of Malawi
The Photographers Association of Malawi (PHOTAMA) emerged during a workshop in January, 1998, as an initiative to support the development of Malawian photographers' skills and to further their knowledge about the profession. This visual literacy and photojournalism workshop was led by Colin Jacobson, editor of reportage magazine and professor of photojournalism at Cardiff University, in conjunction with the Malawi Institute of Journalism MIJ. It was sponsored by the British Council.
During this workshop, Malawian photographers expressed their excitement at the rare opportunity to come together and share skills and experiences. Afterwards, a number of photographers were invited by Canadian photographer and adult educator, Chris Osler, to a meeting to discuss ways of creating an Association. In March of 1998, PHOTAMA was launched as a new Non-Governmental Organization, and the core founding members began consultations and outreach with other photographers and stakeholders. A board of trustees was appointed, start-up funds were sourced, an office space was rented, a Secretariat was elected, and various activities began. PHOTAMA was officially registered with the Government of Malawi as a Non-Governmental Organization in November, 1998.
PHOTAMA Trustees: Member, Mr. Gilbert Chibesakunda; Chair, Mr. Dick Mlazie; and Vice Chair, Dr. Vera Chirwa
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