Kalkidan Araya
ETHIOPIA
Kalkidan is a 27 year old photographer, a student, an educator, a TV show director and an acting enthusiast. While he remains passionate about acting, Kalkidan started taking pictures more regularly in 2012 after capturing scenes of a spiritual event. He believes in sharing what he knows with others, and teaches videography and photography at a training center in Addis Ababa. He has founded a multimedia show with a focus on photography in Ethiopia.
People in Motion
Using slow shutter speeds, Kalkidan’s street photography collection highlights people in motion. He is captivated with street life, filled with everyday lives of people in all walks of life. Kalkidan juxtaposes his subjects against contrasting backgrounds, creating unique images amplifying segments of daily existence making up complete lives.

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.