Mahlet Teshome
ETHIOPIA
Mahlet currently works as a senior associate for a legal consulting firm, but her true passion is in photography. Born in Addis Ababa in 1989, Mahlet fell in love with photography while she was attending law school at Addis Ababa University. She was inspired by the old buildings and the nostalgic feel of the campus’ architecture which compelled her to take photos on her mobile phone. Mahlet loves travelling and believes good photography is the best way to preserve all the wonderful memories from her travels.
Documenting Addis Ababa
A true Addis Ababa native, Mahlet is both amazed and concerned with the pace of change sweeping across the city’s landscape, with the old making way for the new. She realizes the city is going through a rapid growth stage where old buildings are bulldozed and continue to be replaced by new ones. With a deep sense of historical value for the city’s heritage, Mahlet set out to properly document the city’s historical buildings and its emerging edifices. She uses her photography to immortalize the city’s collective memories by capturing its buildings in mesmerizing pictures.

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.