… As Iyambo delivers keynote address at book launch
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
AWARD-WINNING Namibian photographer, Lukas Amakali, has launched his book titled Double Exposure Photography at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC), which coincides with an exhibition of his work that runs from 4 to 21 September.
The book is a first-of-its-kind for Namibia and features double exposure photography techniques. In photography, double exposure photographs are produced by exposing film or some other photosensitive surfaces to focused light twice, usually by opening and closing a camera shutter two times, thereby generating a picture consisting of two superimposed images.
Although Amakali had in the past used the dark room to develop his double exposure images, he says that Photoshop has now changed the game. His book launch, which took place on Monday, was attended by high-ranking politicians, including Vice-President Nickey Iyambo, who delivered the keynote address. Also in the crowd was former Prime Minister, Nahas Angula, Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Maureen Hinda, Attorney-General, Sacky Shanghala, and celebrated Namibian poet, Mvula ya Nangolo,
Amakali said that he had worked on the book for seven years, and dedicated it to his late father, Samson Amakali
“I dedicate this book to my late father, who was a photographer in his era. Although I did not see him take pictures, it was enlightened in me, as the photographer in the family. The elders say I shoot pictures like my father,” he said. Amakali said that one day he would like his book to be included in the national school curriculum, in order for it to stimulate innovation and creativity in the areas of education and arts.
Iyambo said that he had a historical friendship and respect, which he shared with Amakali’s father. “He was my best and very loyal friend, before and during the liberation struggle, whom we used to call Simi,” Iyambo said. “He risked his life, by smuggling pictures out of the country, through what I still call a feat of ingenuity.”
Iyambo said that this book should remind the country of the power and effectiveness of photography, especially during the liberation struggle.
Double Exposure Photography costs N$300 and is available at the FNCC in Windhoek.
It is also available at the National Art Gallery of Namibia and from Amakali.
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