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Boniface Mwangi

Photographer

Boniface Mwangi is an award-winning Kenyan photographer. For four years he held a staff photography position at The Standard, the second largest Kenyan newspaper, taking on various assignments of increasing responsibility in a number of countries.

Boniface became the eye of Kenyans during the 2007 post-election violence and showed courage and compassion to capture thousands of images; some so gory they could not be published.

Following the political solution to the election, he started seeing himself as a visual artist using photography as the vehicle for social change in Kenya, especially against the impunity of the politicians in the face of over 1000 dead and half a million people displaced as a result of the violence they caused.

In 2009 Secretary of State of the United States, Hillary Clinton wrote a letter commending Boniface for his work during the post-election violence and stated: “Your photography is absolutely stunning and tells an important and powerful story for the world to hear.”

His work has appeared in virtually all the important newspapers in the world, from The New York Times to The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Boston Globe and the BBC Focus on Africa magazine among other international publications. He has been recognised as a Magnum Photography Fellow, TED Fellow, Acumen Fund East Africa Fellow and twice as the CNN Multichoice Africa Photojournalist of the Year, Prince Clause Laureate 2012, among other awards.

He has continued to work as a freelance photographer for Bloomberg, the AFP, Reuters, the Boston Globe, and other media outlets.

Boniface Mwangi