Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Unsung Hero - Made in Mathare Slum

David Mbuthia Mwangi (Identity) was born in a family of seven and was introduced to the photography world in 1997 by Lana Wong (An experienced photojournalist) based in America while working as a volunteer in a project known as ShootBack in Nairobi, Kenya.

Over the years, his photos have been in various exhibitions in the world for example Grass root upgrade-reflection on Nairobi Eastland’s photo exhibition in 2012 and Shootback book London gallery in 1999. The current award he won was in Connect 4climate for change organized by World Bank in 2011 in Durban in South Africa at UN conference and Professional Photographer’ category of the 2014 IMF Africa Rising Youth Photography contest at Mozambique.

For last 20 years he has been doing documentary and artistic photography in Mathare slums and it environs. David Mbuthia has worked as a volunteer at slum-TV an organization working in Mathare area from 2006-2015. Recent he has won "#IchangeKenya that was organized by Play Ground, Stockholm, Sweden 2016 in Kenya and Evaluation Week by Development Bank of Africa 2016, Ivory Coast and his photo was shortlisted for Commonwealth Photography of the Year announcement 2016 His dream is to start a foundation that will teach photography and Videography to children in the slums.

This will empower the children with skills that they can utilize in future to tell their own story in their own words and he is also planning to participate in a charity run and to use the proceeds to fund this dream foundation. He would also want to host a solo photo exhibition about his work and to publish a book about his story/photo book about his works. His career path of becoming an artistic professional photographer.

 Photo credits: Wilson Masaka Latest award 2016 – evaluation week. 

 Links to some of his stories / work;

Contact: David Mbuthia | email: |

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