Five African Photographers That Make Us Want To Travel

The continent of Africa hasn’t exactly been popular with photographers NOT looking to document tribes, wildlife or pyramids. Thankfully, technology is placing cameras in the hands of people with roots in regions ranging from Sudan to South Africa. And fortunately for us, these emerging photographers are producing beautiful imagery from parts of the world rarely covered by the mainstream media. 

These five African photographers specifically are rewriting the African narrative with amazing pictures that makes us want to pack a bag and head for the motherland immediately. 


Amanual Tsegaye uses a romantic lens to capture the street life of Addis Ababa. Most of the work is captured using a combination of an iPhone, VSCO filters and the eye of a naturally talented photographer. 

Zion Haileselassie images of Ethiopia provide an intimate visual gateway into life throughout the country. Her street photographs are honest enough to make Henri Cartier-Bresson blush, and make us wish Addis Ababa was the next city on our travel itinerary.


Emmanuel King merges fashion and street photography on his Instagram feed which contrasts warm browns with cool aqua tones and lush greens. Most of his images come from Nigeria where he’s based.


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Masquerades disclose the reality of souls. As long as no one sees who we are, we can tell the most intimate details of our life. I sometimes muse over this sketch of a story about a man afflicted by one of those personal tragedies born of extreme shyness who one day, while wearing a mask I don’t know where, told another mask all the most personal, most secret, most unthinkable things that could be told about his tragic and serene life. And since no outward detail would give him away, he having disguised even his voice, and since he didn’t take careful note of whoever had listened to him, he could enjoy the ample sensation of knowing that somewhere in the world there was someone who knew him as not even his closest and finest friend did. When he walked down the street he would ask himself if this person, or that one, or that person over there might not be the one to whom he’d once, wearing a mask, told his most private life. Thus would be born in him a new interest in each person, since each person might be his only, unknown confidant. Styled by @12th_thecreator Model @icky_gram_ #lagosphotographer #abujaphotographer #lagos #abuja #beauty #canoncna #canon5D #vogue #54artistry #nigerianphotographer #beauty #aesthetic #aestheticthings @54artistry @__aestheticthings @nigerianphotographershub #nigerianphotographershub @vogueeko @canoncnafrica @canoncna #nomakeup #internationalwomensday #beninphotographer #vogueeko

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Prince Gyasi specializes in portrait photography that manipulative color profiles to create surreal images that invite viewers into the vibrant Ghanian culture. “The city of Accra inspires me to keep creating. The people, the colors that make up the flag of Ghana inspire me to create more,” he said in a recent CNN Style interview.


Brian Otieno is a photojournalist from Kenya. His work can be seen on Everyday Africa where he’s a regular contributor. Brian uses a Canon Mark IV to document the daily life of Kenyans from Mombasa to Nairobi.

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Eric has revolved in and out of passport controls for over 20 years. From his first archaeological field school in Belize to rural villages in Ethiopia and Buddhist temples in Laos, Eric has come smile to smile with all walks of life. A writer, photographer and entrepreneur, the LA native believes the power of connectivity and community is enriched through travel.

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