Born and raised in Nairobi, self-taught documentary photographer and visual storyteller Gordwin Odhiambo’s work critically explores the lives of young people and how they navigate the realities around them in the low-income urban communities of one of Africa’s largest and fastest-growing cities. Raised in informal settlement of Kibera, Odhiambo’s experiences and photographic practice would be shaped by this dynamic community. After high school, he participated in a study and volunteer programme by Voluntary Service Oversees and International Citizen Service on topics related to international development in Africa. After finishing the programme, more aware of the challenges of his community and how the community has been seen through other lenses, he wanted to explore these issues from an insiders’ perspective and challenge mainstream representations and reductive stereotypes. Odhiambo was part of the 2017 World Press Photo Foundation workshop in Nairobi, moderated by Kenyan activist and photojournalist Boniface Mwangi. In 2018, he was awarded a scholarship to the VII Photo Foundation masterclass in Nairobi, moderated by photojournalists Nichole Sobecki and Danny Wilcox Frazier of VII Photo Agency. He is a member of the African Photojournalism Database – a group of professional African photographers telling the stories of the communities in which they work and live. He has received several accolades, including the East African Photography Awards organised by the Uganda Press Photo Association.
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