Initial discussions with photographers took place in Bamako in 2011: at the time of the exhibition entitled Rester et partir/Staying and Leaving/Toso any ka taka. Photographie contemporaine et représentation de la migration africaine [Contemporary Photography and the Representation of African Migration] held at the Musée de Bamako and during a workshop of the same title organized by Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Sissy Helff at the Point Sud Research Centre in Bamako.

A team was put together, comprising students in art and art history at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe. The students were tasked with preparing the theoretical and technical aspects of the interviews.

A first series of interviews was held with photographers in Bamako and Dakar. In Bamako, we met with Alioune Bâ, Mohamed Camara, Emmanuel Bakary Daou, Fatoumata Diabaté, Alima Diop, Mamadi Koïté, Boumana Magassa, women photographers from the "Promo Femmes" Audiovisual Centre led by Sokona Diabaté, Jousouf Sogodogo from the CFP de Bamako (Cadre de Promotion pour la Formation en photographie [Promotional Platform for Training in Photography]), Malick Sidibé and Amadou Sow. In Dakar, we met with Ousmane Dago, Boubacar Touré Mandémory, Fatou Senghor, Djibril Sy and his students, as well as Pascal Traoré from the "Espace Timtimol".