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 – considered to be one of the biggest most vibrant slum in Africa. 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. He is also a contributor to Everyday Africa – a collective of photographers sharing images from across the continent aimed at undermining stereotypes and clichés.
2017 - Celebrate Africa, 2017 - KENYA PRESS PHOTO AWARDS 2017, 2016 - UNESCO MGIEP Youth Lens, 2015 - #BeTheChange by DSW, 2018 - KENYA PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2018, 2018 - EAST AFRICA PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
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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
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
Teenage moms of Kibera
KIBERA, NAIROBI, KENYA. Lucy Atieno,19, is seated on the bed with her 3-year-old baby, Scholes Timberly, while admiring herself in the mirror inside her mother’s house. In Kibera, 25% of girls aged 15-19 years are pregnant due to lack of education, lack of empowerment and premarital sexual relations. Due to this, 30% of the girls in Kibera drop out of school. October 25, 2016. © Brian Otieno