The Kenyan photography scene has really grown a milestone over the years. With the invention of smart phones with amazing photo cabality and easy access to DSLR cameras several photographers have emerged. Forget the Instagram photographers some recognized men and women have turned their passion into a great career and we have a list of 10 that really cut it as some of the best we have in Kenya. Who is your favorite in our list? Check it out below;
10. Kevin Buoart
It would be illegal to recognize Kenyan photographers without noting Kevin Buo the founder of Buoart. We would offend all the Kenyan socialites that he has managed to edit their photos to fame. Buo says that he does not have a specific style of photography but he features a lot of hot girls and mostly does studio shoots. Here is Kevin
9. Armstrong Too
He describes himself as a self taught commercial photographer who has been practicing for the past six years. “Its all about the concept and the lighting” is a slogan that I use to define my practice but more of a rule to me that guides my photography passion to produce an image according to how my brain sees it. Available to travel the world for any photography assignment,” he says on his website.
8. Michael Khateli
He can be described as the pioneer of nude and erotic photography as he was the first Kenyan photographer to venture into this boudoir genre. He describes himself as your favorite personal photographer and that magazine guru taking photos of anything classic, mosaic, sidebars and snapshots. He is also a celebrated event photographer.
7. Allan Gichigi
Allan is an independent photographer/filmmaker specializing in wedding, portraiture and nature photography. He says that he is intrigued by interacting with people, seeing the world as they see it and sharing in the ordinary moments that define their journey of life. He loves documentary photography and this is his area of specialization mostly.
6. Mwangi Kirubi
Also known as Mwarv is a Kenyan photographer running the blog Click With Purpose. He takes photos of nature, sports, on the road, wall papers and all of Africa. He says on his website, “Africa is a very blessed continent. However, many Africans don’t see it that way. We have believed in the skewed negative stories about Africa to the point of pitying ourselves and seeking the riches of the lands from where these storytellers come. With every click I take, I will show you what a blessed place we live in. I will rebrand Africa, one click at a time.
5. Thandiwe Muriu
She is an amazing photographer concentrating mostly in beauty, portraits and fashion. According to her blog she picked up her first camera at the age of 14 and was hooked since. She narrowed down into beauty photography as her true calling after years of experimenting with nature, people, wildlife and landscapes. “My photographic style is primarily characterized by dramatic lighting. Much of my creativity is drawn from a personal challenge to turn everyday items into unique photography props,” she says on her website.
4. Osbourne Macharia
He is also a self taught advertising and contemporary photographer who runs the website K63 studio. His work stands out from the rest of the photographers because of his usage of mellow hues and dramatic lighting. In an interview with okaya africa, Osbourne says he cannot describe his artistic style and has let his audience define it as photography with a painted effect bordering on illustration.
3. Emmanuel Jambo
He is also a well sought after photographer famously known for taking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s official portrait. He has also been named as the president’s official photographer. He was recognized by Forbes Magazine in 2012 as one of the best influential photographers in Kenya. On his website, he describes himself as a creative cosmopolitan undefined by boundaries. Jambo is mostly known for fashion commercial photography and also weddings. He has worked with several celebrities and politicians includiing Najib Balala, STL, Churchill, Habida, Musalia Mudavadi, Wyre, Amani and the list is endless.
2. Ben Kiruthi and Gathoni
These amazing duo is one perfect couple that both turned their passion into a money making business. Ben Kiruthi is rated as one of the best wedding photographers in Kenya now. The couple prides itself as the best international and destination wedding photographers in Kenya. The couple who tied the knot in 2014 are quoted saying, that their photography is a journey to joining the league of World’s most sought after wedding photographers. If you have a wedding coming up soon definitely these are the guys to check out.
1. Mutua Matheka
“My name is Mutua Matheka & I’m a photographer, art lover, graduate architect, and above all, a loved husband. I shoot architecture, Interiors, landscapes & cityscapes. I love the beauty of Africa and show it every time I can,” reads his Facebook bio. Mutua says that his mission is to see African people change their mindsets because of seeing his photographs of their amazing continent. He also takes wedding photos but is mostly recognized for architecture, interior, landscape, city scapes, conceptual and creative photography. He has made every effort to shy away from his own photos but we did our research.