MWANGI KIRUBI NOMINEE OF BAKE 2017 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR -2 • • 1 • • • • 1 • • +2 Mwangi Kirubi, known to many as Mwarv, takes photos that primarily showcase Kenya’s beauty, and works with NGOs and other development organizations to showcase their work in Kenya and on the African continent. Mwarv, has been in the photography industry for 11 years and characterizes his success as being driven by passion and building strong relationships. Before Mwarv ventured into photography in 2006, he was a copyrighter. “The salary was good, but I felt there was no need to be empty during the week and then full on weekends, which is when I pursued my photography passion. Quitting my job in 2006 was the best decision I made.” Mwarv started out by taking photos for Mavuno Church’s events and moved on to wedding photography, which he did for a number of years until it no longer fulfilled him. Mwarv then made the bold decision to follow his dream and that dream would take him on a series of photographic road trips around East Africa, including his home country of Kenya. Through his photos, Mwarv counters negative stereotypes about the continent with regal portraits, awe-inspiring landscapes, and iridescent city shows. ‘My biggest achievement as a photographer involves making people look at Kenya and Africa in a whole new light.” Link: www.mwarv.click.co.ke/ -2 • • 1 • • • • 1 • • +2 8 africanphotomagazine ISSUE 7 NOVEMBER 2017 9
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