Ep 06- Osborne Macharia: "Making His Own World"
Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia is a self-taught photographer who is known for his Afro-Futurist images. He is particularly known for making stylized studio portraits of elderly people in his city of Nairobi. In 2010, while in school for architecture, Osborne came across the portrait work of Joey Lawrence, which so moved him that left his degree to pursue a career in photography.
After teaching himself photography and retouching by way of Youtube, he began collaborating with a local stylist on a number of personal projects. One of these projects, which he refers to as “Hip Hop Grandpas”, went viral on Twitter in 2016, leading to a great deal of press, including an interview with CNN. He has found a balance between his personal projects, which generate interest from global brands such as Absolut Vodka and Marvel, which in turn funds future personal projects.
In this episode Nick Fancher chats with Osborne about how he developed his visual style as well as what it looks like for him to work on a personal project, from the first sketches to the gallery opening.
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