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Kampala images from different lenses

By Denis Dibele

Added 15th March 2016 09:38 AM

As an amateur photographer, Dr. Schofield documented events around him like the milking ceremony in Toro and life in Karamoja

Kampala images from different lenses

A photo taken on Kampala road by Luuk Van der Berg

As an amateur photographer, Dr. Schofield documented events around him like the milking ceremony in Toro and life in Karamoja

A collection of images from Kampala taken by five photographers showcase what Kampala city has been through the years at the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts Makerere University gallery?

The city exhibition portrays the possibilities and limitations of photographic visualizations of urban environments at large.

 mages of t auls athedral amirembe from the first half of the 20th century originally photographed by r  chofield reproduced by uuk an der erg Images of St. Paul's Cathedral Namirembe from the first half of the 20th century originally photographed by Dr. A.T. Schofield reproduced by Luuk Van der Berg.

 

Through History in Pictures (HIP) Uganda, it looks for and digitizes photo collections in Uganda to preserve historical photographic documentation and shares that material to make increase the diversity of available materials relating to Ugandan history, activate it and potentially add value to it by crow sourcing information.

A collection of photographers taken by five photographers gives a perspective of what Kampala city was then and now.

 eproduced images that were first taken by ngineer ambwa on display at the ity emixing exhibition Reproduced images that were first taken by Engineer Wambwa on display at the City Remixing exhibition

 

Images taken by Dr. A.T. Schofield a missionary and a physician that worked in Uganda under the Church Missionary Society in the first of the 20th century.

As an amateur photographer, Dr. Schofield documented events around him like the milking ceremony in Toro and life in Karamoja.

All he used was the then available large format still camera. He photographed Kampala around 1930 using historical collusion dry plate process. The negatives are glass plates and have different sizes. Some of the prints in the exhibition seem to be double.  

 uests look trhough some of the photographs by uuk an der erg Guests look trhough some of the photographs by Luuk Van der Berg

 

Elsadig Mohammad a Sudanese photographer and film maker with a focus of photographs that are blurred. This makes it possible to see certain structures present in the city and the way it is photographed.

Luuk Van der Berg a Dutch design student at Minerva Academy in Groningen. With a big interest in photography, he was invited to re-photograph the historical photographs. He has used a camera that produces detailed 4x5" negatives. These negatives have more or less the same size as the glass plate negatives produced by Dr. A.T. Schofield.

 uests look through some of the photographs taken by ngineer ambwa Guests look through some of the photographs taken by Engineer Wambwa

 

Rumanzi Canon Uganda is an artist and co-founder of HIP-Uganda. He zoomed out of what the historical photographs show, making places into planets, expands framed views in panoramic images, shooting, as he calls them ‘Holes in the world'.

hotograhs taken by lsadig ohammad udanese photographer of t auls athedral  amirembe Photograhs taken by Elsadig Mohammad Sudanese photographer of St. Paul's Cathedral Namirembe

 

Engineer Wambwa; a western trained engineer in Uganda had a passion for photography. In the first half of the 1960s he photographed on slides, creating a colorful images of Uganda around independence using a 35mm Pentax mirror reflex camera.

The photographs and fragments of the memoir form the core of the fifth book in HIP Uganda's Ebifananyi series.  

  reproduced photo by uuk an der erg of r chofield who used a large format camera to take photographs A reproduced photo by Luuk Van der Berg of Dr. Schofield who used a large format camera to take photographs

   xpands framed views in what he calls oles in the world by umanzi anon Expands framed views in what he calls ‘Holes in the world' by Rumanzi Canon

 

Behind the exhibition is Andrea Stultiens a photographer and research from the Netherlands. She co-founder HIPS Uganda and invited Rumanzi Canon, Elsadig Mohamed and Luuk van den Berg to respond to the historical material.

A series of books based on photo collections encountered in Uganda and a theoretical reflection of them is what Andrea is undertaking for her PhD research

 

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