A photographer a day: Osborne Macharia
I recently did a series; “an artist a day” where I celebrated some of my favourite artists. What I was really speaking about there, is a very specific type of visual artistry. I appreciate that art comes in different forms and with different elements. Anyway, I am now going to share with you top 10 of my favourite photographers through this "photographer a day" series. Getting to this list was insanely difficult. There are so many good photoghraphers out there, but these are the ones who I have great respect for and whose work speaks to me.
First on the list is Osborne Macharia.
I first saw his work when pictures of the hip hop grand dads started circulating all over the internet. This was the Kabangu project and my gateway to what is amazing photography.
This is him on the Kabangu project:
"Watchmen by night, hip hop heads by day. This is the story of 4 gentlemen in the heart of Kariobangi (one of Nairobi’s informal settlements) who call themselves Kabangu. A group of real hip hop heads from the 80's who meet up regularly to educate and mentor upcoming young talent venturing out into the hip hop industry. They teach them on values such as peace, equality, prosperity and social justice. Little is known about them till now."
My favourite collection is a series of shots he did, titled “Namanga”. This is beauty on a different level.
A bit about him: He is a trained architect, a self-taught photographer and all around awesome artist born in Kenya. Apart from his commercial work, he’s been featured on African Digital Art and Hasselblad Bulletin.
“Our market is dynamic and young, especially for African photographers and the possibilities are endless. My desire is to see photographers and artists compete on an international level and receive recognition."
You may have also seen some of these pictures from the league of extravagant grannies, this is him explaining:
This is the story of Kenya's LEAGUE OF EXTRAVAGANT GRANNIES who were once corporate and government leaders in the 1970's but are now retired. They now live the retired high life travelling to exotic and remote areas within Africa to explore, Party and enjoy in exclusivity. We managed to catch up with 3 of them in Somlia soon after they landed. Little is know about them till now…..
I can't deal with all this talent! Dunzo.