Brian Otieno (born 1993) is a freelance photojournalist who operates an online photo project called “KiberaStories” since 2013. He was raised in Kibera – considered to be one of the biggest most vibrant slum in Africa. 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. He is also a contributor to Everyday Africa – a collective of photographers sharing images from across the continent aimed at undermining stereotypes and clichés.
“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.”
“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.”
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)
Selected participant (1/12 out of 110 portfolios)
Awards, Recognitions and Exhibitions
DBSA ART EXHIBITION (2015, Joint) – Mathare 4A, Nairobi, Kenya
Kibera Stories Photo Exhibition
DBSA ART EXHIBITION (2016, Joint) – Ruaraka, Nairobi, Kenya
Finalist – NIKON I AM KENYA PHOTO CONTEST
Invisible Palace Exhibition, Hangzhou, China – June 2017.
KENYA PRESS PHOTO AWARDS 2017 – (Winner in Feature Stories and runners-up in Daily Life categories)