Mario Macilau: Photography as a Medium for Social Change in Mozambique

By Jorrit Dijkstra African photography is on the rise. From street to art photography, conceptual and documentary to fashion photography, home-grown photographers (not only in the Francophone-African countries) are increasingly stepping up to show their world what they see when they look through the lens, following decades of photographic misrepresentation, or reduction, by observers from outside the continent. This piece was originally published by  This is Africa.                                Mario Macilau ‘I believe in the power of still images’, proclaims Mario Macilau (1984). The Mozambican photographer uses his photography as a tool to change people's minds about the world we’re living in, focusing on the living and working conditions of socially isolated groups. ‘I'm mostly thinking about how my work can contribute to changing their situation. As a social documentary photographer I try to break the silence surrounding them and bring their identities, which have been hidden for too long, to ... read more