Somaliland: Earn Photography Skills at the Hargeisa Book Fair 2014


Somalilandsun – Photography is one of the most powerful and immediate ways of sharing stories with people across the world, as well as being one of the currently desired professions rapidly gaining grounds. Hargeysa International Book Fair announces its second creative photography training sessions prior to the opening of the Book Fair. The training sessions will take place at the new Hargeysa Cultural Center.

The training sessions will be delivered by our guest Kate Stanworth assisted by former 2013 trainee Mustafe Saeed. Kate is a London based documentary photographer who travelled to Somaliland for the first time in 2012 to photograph the local elections. She returned to exhibit her work in 2013 at the Hargeysa International Book Fair, where she delivered a series of photography workshops. Her photos of Somaliland featured on the BBC website and BBC World TV. Kate works in association with PROEXPOSURE, an organisation that trains aspiring photographers and filmmakers from every corner of the world, empowering them to tell their own stories from their own unique perspectives.

This course is designed for photography enthusiasts and those who might use photography as part of their work, including journalists, NGO workers and aspiring artists. It includes an introduction to different forms of photography, guidance on how to take good photographs, practical portrait sessions and a self-led assignment which will be evaluated within the group. Past students have gone on to exhibit their work in a London gallery.

Yusuf Dahir, a talented photographer, who has also published for the National Geographic has been photographing and representing Somaliland’s development over the last decade. Through his camera lenses he has offered his audiences an alternative and multifaceted perspective on the country. Yusuf will meet with the course trainees to share his experience and to discuss with them the ethically correct and culturally sensitive way of doing social activism in photography.

The course consists of the following modules:

Discussion: What makes a good photo?
Presentation: How to take better photos
Practical exercise – taking good portraits (taking photos of each other)
Feedback and assignment

The candidates will be selected from those who have responded to the ‘call for participation’. Because of the limited places, we will apply a first-come first-serve policy. All students must have access to a digital camera, which they should bring to the session.

For those who are interested to join the programme as trainees, please send an email to and cc to with your details: Name, Date and place of birth, Telephone number to contact you. The deadline for applications is the 1/08/2014.