African Photojournalism Database
Brian Otieno (born 1993) is a freelance photojournalist who operates an online photo project called “KiberaStories” since 2013. He was raised in Kibera – Africa’s most vibrant, biggest shantytown in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also a graduate from Multimedia University of Kenya with a Diploma in Journalism and Strategic Public Relations.
Brian’s passion and commitment lies in capturing the visual realities and documenting the norm of everyday life from the people around him, and sharing their stories.
His visual stories attempt to go beyond the chaotic appearance and to demonstrate the daily lives in Kibera from socio-economic, cultural, political and environmental perspectives. By doing so, Brian also tries to draw the attention of the public to understand the diversity, dynamics, and inequality of urban life as an observer with a unique point of view through photography.
In October 2016, Brian was among the 12 visual storytellers selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa Masterclass – the first in Africa, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya.
2016 - UNESCO MGIEP Youth Lens, 2015 - Be The Change
- Breaking news
- Still life
Fashion in Kibera
In the Kibera district of Nairobi, Stephen Okoth, also known as Ondivour, is a film-maker, photographer and model for his self-styled colourful and vintage fashion. “He inspires a generation in the shanty town through his sense of style, which brings hope to the people.” © Brian Otieno
KIBERA, NAIROBI, KENYA. Mike, 22, is having a haircut inside a Kinyozi (barbershop). He mentions that he doesn’t just shave his hair anywhere, but this one barber truly understands his style. January 1, 2017. © Brian Otieno
Playtime in Kibera
KIBERA, NAIROBI, KENYA. A group of kids swim in murky waters that formed due to heavy rains filling a pit left open by road builders near Lang’ata. January 26, 2016. © Brian Otieno