Infocam - Victoria

Infocam (Press Photo Archive Buea, Cameroon)

Infocam was the Photographic Service of the Southern Cameroons Information Service, now part of the Ministry of Communication of Cameroon. The Service started its activities as early as 1955. The photographers working with Infocam covered all the important political, social and cultural events in what was then Southern Cameroons, later West Cameroon and subsequently the South West Province. The operational work of this photographic section came to an end in 2005 with the retirement of the photographer Thaddeus Nokuba.

At the height of the Information Service’s activities, Emmanuel M. Mbwaye, who was its first photographer, was overseeing seven employees: photographers, a librarian and archivist as well as several lab assistants. Infocam supplied pictures to nearly all newspapers and magazines in the Anglophone part of Cameroon like "Panorama", "Cameroon Times", "Cameroon Outlook", etc. Its main objective was to document all governmental activities and events happening in Cameroon's Anglophone part.

From 2013 to 2015, African Photography Initiatives implemented a project in Infocam, renamed the Press Photo Archives Buea, which succeeded in protecting and digitizing more than 40.000 negatives and groundsheets in partnerships with the British Library's Endangered Archives Programme, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture and the Centre for African Studies, University of Basel.