Brian Siambi
KENYA
Brian Siambi is an editorial, commercial and travel photographer, based wherever my camera takes me. Born and raised in Nairobi Kenya, my love for the arts started at a young age through illustrations, learning from my uncle. Lifetimes later I became a graphic designer after dropping out of college due to lack of funds and while working for our local top women’s magazine True Love Magazine East Africa, that my interest in fashion photography grew while working with my mentor/friend Emmanuel Jambo. My work focuses on capturing fashion and travel in its element. I love natural light and shadows and how it forms interesting light against my subjects. I’m always experimenting with new techniques, I love challenging myself to always push the limits of creativity. I’m currently working with my friend Bryan Emry on a series called The Dark Matter Project – a collaboration with different African designers showcasing their unique fashion and my appreciation of our African dark skin beauty. It is a self-awareness project that has enabled me to appreciate being black and African; growing up, our version of beauty was being lighter skin or white and I believed that for the longest time, but with this project I appreciate our culture more, our amazing dark skin and this is a story combining that and our creativity.
The Dark Matter
The series is a personal project of my exploration of African fashion and an appreciation of our beautiful dark skin. It is collaboration with different African fashion brands, stylists and models to create amazing content showcasing our beautiful culture. I grew up believing that having lighter skin meant you’re more beautiful and the media and magazines conditioned us to think this way. And as I grew older I started discovering my love for being an African and finding ways to show case this beauty that we possess. The project is a self-discovery and my contribution to our culture and arts.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.