The African Photobook (TAP) is a publicly accessible digital library of photobooks by East African photographers. It is evident there is a missing chapter in the history and availability of photobooks from native African photographers, particularly from East Africa*.
It was initiated by two East African photographers, during their photography undergraduate studies in England. They were frustrated by the lack of photobooks from Eastern Africa and the very notable absence of photographers from the region having their work in physical and digital libraries.
The mission is to bridge the missing archival gap. This platform will provide free access to the wealth of talented photographers from the horn of Africa to researchers, historians, students, scholars and the general public.
*By the term East Africa, it is specifically referring to three countries of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, derived from the fact that those three countries were British East Africa. (1) Eastern Africa refers to the entire area from Ethiopia to the east of the Great Lakes. Thus, eastern Africa includes the following countries: the Great Lakes Region, including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi. And there is an area so-called Horn of Africa, which comprises Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Djibouti, and Somalia. (2) Occasionally, other countries such as Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, or Sudan are included, but the above 10 nations are mostly regarded as eastern Africa.