Samuel Mengesha
ETHIOPIA
Born in 1986, I graduated in Mechanical Engineering and I am currently working in the construction sector of Addis Ababa. Having worked in France then China, I have been exposed to both the highly regimented automotive world as well as the delirious realm of creative directors in the luxury industry. I had an early age passion for drawing, which slowly transitioned to photography six years ago. A camera is never too far away whether the permanent point and shoot in my glove box, the phone inside my pocket or the occasional DSLR in the trunk. I am particularly fond of sneaking into buildings to get access to their rooftop as I can never get tired of that bird’s eye view of this great city.
Inside Out
Inside Out is a series of pictures themed around Addis Ababa’s landmarks, skyline and architecture. The viewer is invited to peek through suggested or actual frames unto the familiar city scenery earning a unique vantage point. These perspectives also offer a counter intuitive alternate reality where the inside can be interpreted as outside

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.