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Photography is a hobby for most people but a good number of professional photographers across the continent have turned this art into a lucrative business venture. We have those who shoot for awards and others create visual stories that capture the attention of viewers. The best stories are told from personal experiences and livelihood – peoples’s narratives about the vulnerable and the need to uplift social change through photography and film.

The African Slum Photo Festival

The African Slum Photo Festival attracted a good number of photographers from Mathare slums. The festival was crowned by young story tellers who had amazing stories captured through the lens. The young adults were extremely passionate about their craft and they could narrate different stories in a single photo.

The African Slum Photo Festival was a platform for the young artists to showcase what they are good at and to display their creativity to the rest of the world. This was also an opening for them to sell their masterpieces and a chance for them to correct on their weak areas since they were placed on an adjudication table.

“We appreciate the effort made by Mwelu and other stakeholders who came together and organised such an exhibition. We are sure it will open doors for some us.” One of the exhibitor said as he took guests around the hall.

Under Mwelu Foundation, the young photographers have produced a book that documents the rich slum livelihood. “After seven years of going round mathare valley taking photographs, the mwelu foundation members finally managed to make a photo book of their own. A huge selection of the most interesting shots are displayed in this book. A lot of effort and amazing shots are ready to be shared with a huge public. The book launch took place in the third quarter of the year 2014 and was attended by several embassy members followed by an exhibition at the UN with even the visit of Ban Ki Moon.” Mwelu writes.

The African Slum Photo Festival

 

 

 

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