MUTUA MATHEKA WINNER OF BAKE 2017 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR -2 • • 1 • • • • 1 • • +2 “When I started photography, I did it because it was so much fun to me and creating came easier than many other things. I didn’t have a subject matter which meant I kept looking at other photographers here in Nairobi to figure out what I wanted to shoot. One time a friend took me to the KICC rooftop and when I saw the city from above I had an inkling as to what I wanted to photograph. Cityscapes and architecture. Contrary to the case right now, beautiful images of Nairobi were not the norm 7 years ago when I started but I kept on. Now shooting cities and buildings is how I feed my family and like at the start, photography is still so much fun.” Mutua is an Architect from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (J.K.U.A.T), and fully applies his architectural eye to capture architecture, cityscapes & landscapes with his photography. Mutua, together with David ‘Blackman’ Muthami and the UN Habitat, use photography of urban spaces in Africa to showcase a beautiful Nairobi and eventually Africa. Mutua uses his photography to show the world that Africa, and his beloved Kenya, is much more than Maasai’s, safaris and lions. In this special feature of Mutua, we showcase the amazing photography that first launched him onto the scene and stamped his place as one of Africa’s pre-eminent photographers. www.mutuamatheka.co.ke -2 • • 1 • • • • 1 • • +2 6 africanphotomagazine ISSUE 7 NOVEMBER 2017 7
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