Toronto, ON, Canada
Dawit Tibebu is an Ethiopian Journalist and Photographer. Passionate for literature and visual media, Dawit studied Foreign Language and Literature in Hawassa University. He was introduced to camera in a photography studio that serves walking customers for lifestyle photographs during campus in Hawassa town. Later after graduation, working in journalism, he started merging his journalism and photography together. With self-exploration, support and mentorship from well-established photographers in the industry, Dawit started using photography to reflect about himself, his vision and understanding of a certain subject. Ever since, Dawit has been commissioned documentary photography for numerous agencies of the United Nations in Ethiopia, USAID, UKAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Save The Children and 16 other international organization.
He founded The GUZO Project, an emerging brand looking after preserving endangered treasures, history and cultures in Ethiopia and by far in Africa by self-publishing travel books focusing on less observed destinations and hosting exhibitions globally to address the concerned. His first book, GUZO165: ZIWAY AND OTHER RIFT VALLEY LAKES ETHIOPIA has been self-published in 2015. This book has been submitted permanently in Library of Congress in Washington D.C., had solo exhibition in UNESCO H.Q. in Paris and had numerous exhibition in Ethiopia, Europe and North America.
Dawit Tibebu is currently living in Toronto, Canada working on photojournalism and documentary photography in freelance basis and managing the publishing of the second book of The GUZO Project partnering with international publishers.