Daily Dispatches: Nairobi

Wanted to bring your attention to a project getting underway in the East African city of Nairobi. This project is headed up by Brendan Bannon, a long-time friend and fellow photographer who has called Nairobi home for over five years. I first met Brendan in Sicily where we were both snapping away on the Easter processions. At one point Brendan broke out his 6×17 camera, and I knew at that point he was both strange but likeable.
Brendan dropped me a line and let me know about this new project and I found it to be interesting from several angles. The basic information is in bold below, but I wanted to give you my take on a few things.
Brendan has a track record of making great imagery and also taking new angles to work that has been presented before. But, seeing as he lives in the middle of what he is photographing, I’ve always found an intimacy I don’t always see with other photographers who jet in and jet out. Also, he has found a way to attach his work to schools in the US, which you can read a little about below, and they are going to print and exhibit the work. I think this is the first time I’ve seen this, and I’m thinking it could be window into the future of this type of project.
I’m going to follow him and his work and see where this idea lands. I’ve not been to Nairobi but this site is named in tribute to a photographer who lived there for decades, yet another reason to follow the breath of a modern, African, mega-city.

Nairobi, Kenya
An innovative photojournalism exploration of a fast-evolving African city, unfolding day by day in real time. Compelling, informative and surprising.
Nairobi-based photographer Brendan Bannon and journalist Mike Pflanz will spend each day in April 2011 gathering images and stories of lives lived in Kenya’s capital. These will be uploaded to our blog and sent to sponsor universities in the US who will hang them in an exhibition which grows day by day.
To create a nuanced presentation of modern urban Africa, rooted in the discipline of daily newsgathering, but free of the restrictions of a media outlet’s commercial, geographical or cultural agenda.
Coming soon…


11 responses to “Daily Dispatches: Nairobi”

  1. Kevin Keefer says:

    This is an interesting project delivery. Scanning the facebook account could not see which universities are involved. That would cool to know.

  2. Cathy says:

    What an awesome idea! Man, there are so many talented people out there doing amazing stuff. I look foward to following this one.

  3. Maria De Las Casas says:

    This is wonderful!

  4. Thanks for sharing this Dan! Thanks too to everyone who took a look. The schools we are working with are Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, and Bakersfield College in California.

  5. Tom Ridout says:

    That’s great. I love that type of work. Its got such a real unpretentious feel to it.

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