PHOTOGRAPHY & VISUAL STORYTELLING

I AM STORITELLAH

A freelance photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

About Me

Brian Otieno (born 1993) is a freelance photojournalist who operates an online photo project called “KiberaStories” since 2013. He was raised in Kibera – Africa’s most vibrant, biggest shantytown in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also a graduate from Multimedia University of Kenya with a Diploma in Journalism and Strategic Public Relations.

Brian’s passion and commitment lies in capturing the visual realities and documenting the norm of everyday life from the people around him, and sharing their stories.

His visual stories attempt to go beyond the chaotic appearance and to demonstrate the daily lives in Kibera from socio-economic, cultural, political and environmental perspectives. By doing so, Brian also tries to draw the attention of the public to understand the diversity, dynamics, and inequality of urban life as an observer with a unique point of view through photography.

In October 2016, Brian was among the 12 visual storytellers selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa Masterclass – the first in Africa, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya. 

“In front of a scene in which we see a human being overwhelmed sometimes losing his dignity, because is subject of abuse, violence or injustice, nine on ten people turn away their sight, because they feel embarrassed or do not want to embarrass the person, one sees and watch and witness with his presence this injustice, leaving indelible mark that send to all the others to help them to be informed and to help them to reflect on what’s happening, that person is a photojournalist.”

Don McCullin

“If you’re young and have the time, go and study. Study anthropology, sociology, economy, geopolitics. Study so that you’re actually able to understand what you’re photographing. What you can photograph and what you should photograph.”

Sebastiao Salgado

Education

MULTIMEDIA UNIVERSITY OF KENYA,

DIPLOMA IN JOURNALISM AND STRATEGIC PUBLIC RELATION (OCTOBER, 2016)

Majored in broadcast journalism, radio and TV production, script writing, photography.

WORLD PRESS PHOTO PAWA254 MASTERCLASS (2015, December)

WORLD PRESS PHOTO EAST AFRICA MASTERCLASS (2016, Nov/Dec)  

Selected participant (1/12 out of 110 portfolios)

Awards, Recognitions and Exhibitions

BETHECHANGE2015 PHOTO CONTEST FINAL WINNER

DBSA ART EXHIBITION (2015, Joint) – Mathare 4A, Nairobi, Kenya

Kibera Stories Photo Exhibition

DBSA ART EXHIBITION (2016, Joint) – Ruaraka, Nairobi, Kenya

FinalistNIKON I AM KENYA PHOTO CONTEST

UNESCO MGIEP Youth Lens 2015 – 2nd Prize Winner

Joop Swart Masterclass Nominee

Picfair #CelebrateAfrica 2017 – Grand Prize Winner

Invisible Palace Exhibition, Hangzhou, China – June 2017. 

Clients and affiliates

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