lagos masterclass

In March 2009, the NOOR Foundation organized the first NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography in Lagos, Nigeria. It would become an annual event, organized in different cities around the world.


In Lagos, fifteen young documentary photographers and photojournalists hailing from seven different countries were selected and gathered at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism to team up with three NOOR photographers.



During a five-day intense workshop, a host of information about the profession was shared in sessions in which professional experiences were discussed, personal portfolios were reviewed and editing skills improved. The participants worked on a story around the theme of ‘survival’ in preparation of the class.


The annual NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography is realized with the generous support of Nikon Europe BV.

selected participants

Aboyomi Afolabi | Nigeria
Adekunle Ajayi | Nigeria
Adolphus Opara | Nigeria
Andrew Esiebo | Nigeria
Babacar Toure | Guinea
Elise Fitte-Duval | Martinique, Senegal
Emannuel Eze | Nigeria
Emmanuel Quaye | Ghana
Jean Pierre Kepseu | Cameroon
Julius Mwelu | Kenya
Kunle Ogunfuyi | Nigeria
Mamadou Toure “dit” Behan | Senegal
Masimba Sasa | Zimbabwe/South Africa
Nana Kofi Acquah | Ghana
Odutayo Odusanya | Nigeria

tutor team

The tutors for the 2009 NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography in Lagos were Pep Bonet (Mallorca), Kadir van Lohuizen (The Netherlands) and Jon Lowenstein (USA) and managing director Claudia Hinterseer as moderator.