Joseph Makula

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Joseph Makula
Born 1929
Belgian Congo
Education Force Publique (military photography)
Known for photography
Patron(s) Congopresse agency

Joseph Makula (born 1929) was a photographer from the Belgian Congo.

After joining the Force Publique, Makula served on the army newspaper, Sango ya biso, and in a military photographic laboratory. He left the army in 1956, and later joined the Congopresse agency, as their first African photographer.

He continued to work for Congopresse after independence, training a new generation of Zairean photographers. In 1968, Congopresse closed down and Makula set up his own business, Photo Mak, operating in Lemba, Kinshasa, until 1991.


  • Christraud M. Geary, In and Out of Focus: Images from Central Africa, 1885-1960. London: Philip Wilson for Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. pp. 54–55.
  • Kinshasa Photographers, 1870 to 2000. Revue Noire, 2001. ISBN 2-909571-53-X.

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