- African Arenas
African Digital Art Recommended Reading
For many the world cup fever has long subsided but we have a little gem to remind you the spectacular events of this year’s World Cup 2010 games in South Africa. Thomas Hoeffgen’s African Arenas brings to life the spirit of African football. The book is a photographic journey in the fields and stadiums in Nigeria, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Malawi.
“His images present improvised sandbag pitches with two bits of wood to make a goal and urban concrete arenas with floodlights and stands.”
Emotional photographs convey Africa’s passion for soccer
The enthusiasm and passion with which soccer is played in Africa are inevitably transferred to the onlooker. Internationally successful fashion and advertising photographer Thomas Hoeffgen (*1968 in Kiel) experienced the same thing when he flew to Nigeria in 1999 for a story on soccer. He became so interested in the subject that he spent the next several years taking unusual, direct photographs of players and spectators in Nigeria, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, and South Africa. Hoeffgen’s images take us from the continent’s typical improvised sandlots with their two wooden posts forming a makeshift goal to the concrete stadiums in the city with their floodlights and grandstands. Remarkably honest photographs, since no one takes notice of the man behind the camera—the only thing that counts here is the game.