Workshop #1: Visual literacy and developing project ideas

A growing number of photographers in Ethiopia benefit from getting their portfolios reviewed by experts from time to time.

However, these supports usually come after the “completion” of the work and there’s a little room left for the photographers to learn before & during an implementation phase of a photography project.

Accordingly, the first workshop on our annual schedule is designed to link photographers with experts that will provide support at the beginning stage i.e. developing critical project concepts, implementation mechanisms followed by editing & sequencing of project images ending with a public session where a selection of few participants will present their work.

Additionally, participants will also be introduced to the history of African photography, Ethiopian photography practice and critical skills of research.

-To take photographers through a process of developing, implementing and editing project ideas on a practical basis.

-To introduce photographers to the History of Photography practice in Africa and Ethiopia.

– To lay the foundation of critical discussions and continuous engagement for future CPE Photography projects.

© Family archive, unknown photographer

Workshop #2: Archiving & Community Project

Part of the mission of CPE is linking and training photographers and different communities eg. Schools, University, Social communities etc…to explore photo records and analyze how images were used to tell different stories of families, architecture, fashion etc…in Ethiopia.

The photographers and/or the target community will be trained on the contemporary functions of archives followed by an ad-hoc exhibition created by both the photographers and the community at a location preferably accessible to the general public.

– To link and train different communities through photography by exploring identity, understanding and criticizing history.

– To create awareness regarding the importance of photography as a tool of bringing social change.

– To create a communication line between cameras, images and society.


One of the main missions of CPE is encouraging critical peer discussions and conversations among emerging photographers in Ethiopia.

As part of the program, every couple of months, two photographers will be selected to present their bodies of work to a diversified audience in an informal location.

This will be followed by questions, responses and discussions from the photographers.

-To encourage open and constructive criticism between local photographers

-To create brainstorming critical discussions

-To create awareness and communication between random groups of the society and photographers through projections of Images.

Everyday Ethiopia

From powerful portraits of Emperors to the sufferings of starving children, Ethiopia is a country that has been visually represented by the western world with its citizens having a very little say in the matter. 

With the fast growing and evidently changing photography industry in the world and particularly in Ethiopia, we at CPE, found it important to use the opportunity specifically of social medias like instagram to tell more stories and reach wider audience in a hope of educating a wider audience.

Accordingly, inspired by @everydayafrica, @everydayethiopia was recently created to bring together a talented group of photographers and photo enthusiasts to tell the everyday stories of the country through images. 

If you are an Ethiopian photographer/photo enthusiast living anywhere in Ethiopia and would like to be part of @everydayethiopia on Instagram, please send in your full name, your Instagram account username and your phone number to [email protected], with the email subject being “To contribute for @everydayethiopia”.

We love discovering new people!

Please note: @everydayethiopia’s goal is not aimed at necessarily producing counter narratives nor does it engage in portraying the country from a tourist angle. Our mission is to simply pass the mic, to let people tell their everyday stories and to let our own witnesses speak for themselves.