KLAYM is an independent association founded in 2015. We are dedicated to support and train young talents in photography, video production, graphic media design and writing who are facing limited access to long-term professional training in African countries with little national funding structures. The association is committed to giving their authentic stories a global exposure. We believe in the claim of young African professionals to share their own experiences, stories and new perspectives from a continent of rapid change.
For this, KLAYM not only supports creative talents but also opens and distributes their work to a broader audience.
KLAYM leads workshops for young professionals in media and design with local and international instructors in various countries in Africa. The aim is to strengthen the participants in their individual visions and narratives.
Each workshop not only sets a strong focus on practical aspects of conceiving and producing a story. It also trains the business skills of our participants and teaches them methods to establish longterm relationships with clients.
On a second level the workshops provide the young initiators with the infrastructure to create their own magazine showcasing the subjects they deal with in their work. Each workshop leads to a dedicated publication.
The goal of KLAYM is to ensure our participants expertise and support them with a higher global exposure.
Africa has the highest concentration of young people on the planet, all finding their way in life.
Our publication series NICE showcases the creative output from young storytellers with a strong style of narrative.
The magazine published by KLAYM features mainly selected works from our workshop trainees, but looks at further contributions as well.
Each issue travels to a new city and country and is shaped by a main theme relevant to the young generation there. The publication series of KLAYM is both a business card for our contributors, and a stand alone magazine featuring contemporary work from the African continent in photography, visual design and journalism.
The visual identity of our publication series is shaped by the philosophy, that the material itself leads to the right form. Therefore the contributors are actively included in the editorial design. It is their platform to share individual visions and ideas with the rest of the world.
NICE in the stores
Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane
NGV International Gallery Shop, Melbourne
Perimeter Books, Thornbury, Melbourne
Galerie Miranda, Paris
Librairie du CCS, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
Yvon Lambert, Paris
c/o Berlin Foundation, Berlin
Do you read me?!, Berlin
Georg Buechner, Darmstadt
Pro QM, Berlin
Books International, Bologna
MHM Limited, Tokyo
Athenaeum Bookstore & Newscentre, Amsterdam
Frozen Fountain, Amsterdam
San Serriffe, Amsterdam
The American Book Center, Amsterdam
Van Piere, Eindhoven
Post Poetics, Seoul
Duplikat - Buch + Papier, Zurich
Librairie du Boulevard, Geneva
Le Vent des Routes, Geneva
Never stop reading, Zurich
OOR Records, Zurich
Oraibi and Becksbook, Geneva
Art Data, London
2 Bridges Music Arts, New York, NY
Artbook @ Hauser Wirth, New York, NY
McNally Jackson Booksellers, New York, NY
Phillip Galgiani, New York, NY
Spoonbill and Sugartown, Brooklyn, NY
YBP Library Services, Contoocook, NH
Klaym campaigns for a stronger presence of African photographers on the global stage.
Our initiative has been blessed with great and encouraging feedbacks from all over the world. However, in order to explore the full potential of our workshop and publication we are in need of support. If you would like to see more work from African photographers in the future: kindly support our efforts!
Your help is best appreciated with a donation either directly via through our shop (see options below) or via transfer to our bank account:
Bank: PostFinance, Switzerland
Account No.: 61-176602-2, IBAN: CH07 0900 0000 6117 6602 2
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