About the exhibition
Whilst the art photographers from the 1900 often took their cues from paintings of the time, subsequently photography has followed every twist and turn of the art market and ideological forces since it was developed in the 1840s.
Many improvements from the 1940s onwards, culminating in the introduction of laser scanners and computers, made possible printing of an unprecedented accuracy and this in turn encouraged new interest in colour among art photographers. The developments in commercial printing since the 1940s brought the work of photographers within reach of a large new audience and finally helped establish it as a serious medium for art.
Excerpt: Photography – A concise history by Ian Jeffrey
In recent years photographs have achieved significant prices in the international markets. Not so in East Africa. The market for fine art photography trails behind the disciplines of painting and sculpture in the region.
Very slowly, this is changing; not in any small measure due to the efforts of James Muriuki, Margaret Njeri and Betty Press who are three of the best-known practitioners in the region.
Charles Gathua and Joseph Nabster are proving that they are fast catching up in terms of popularity. Talitha Puri Negri, Mumbi Muturi, Chao Sio, Hannah Schwartzman and Apondiii are all contributing to the turning tide.
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