With the rise of social media and increased accessibility to mobile phones, more and more Zambian photographers are using social media, particularly Instagram, to showcase their work. Here are the ones worth knowing.
Enock Kavindele Jr’s Instagram feed is filled with images of beautiful weddings and fashion shoots juxtaposed with everyday images of people going about their businesses, trading in markets, or on the streets. He is also a sought-after commercial photographer, working on campaigns with oil companies and banks among others. He has photographed some of Zambia’s leading celebrities, including capturing the moment when the Zambian under-20 soccer team won the Africa Cup of Nations.
Kabelenga Phiri is a Lusaka-based photographer who runs Kwitu Group.He has worked on fashion editorial shoots with bloggers such as MaFashio Zambia and can be found snapping away at Lusaka’s most happening events.
Although Sana Ononas is a fashion photography graduate, her Instagram account focuses on everyday shots of Lusaka, her travels, and her current personal project ‘Kunyumba’ (home), which features images and stories of people who have worked in her household since she was young.
Jason Mulikita of ‘JJ Arts’ is a Lusaka-based editorial and commercial photographer known for his cityscapes of Lusaka and for photographing some of Zambia’s celebrities. His travel and wildlife images have been featured on National Geographic. He also does events and wedding photography.
Gareth Bentley is one of Zambia’s most well-known commercial photographers. While his Instagram account isn’t updated very often, it shows his large portfolio. One of his best-known projects was The Extraordinary Project, an exhibition and coffee-table book that profiled some of Zambia’s most inspiring people, including first president Kenneth Kaunda and Olympic medalist Samuel Matete.
Kreative Kingdom’s Vincent Banda’s photography ranges from spaces and people, to events and food. His black and white photography, and ability to capture people just at the ‘right moment’ sets him apart from other photographers.
Chosa Mweemba is a commercial photographer and videographer based in Lusaka. His most interesting photography is of wildlife and traditional ceremonies, like the annual Kuomboka ceremony of the Lozi people of the Western Pronvice.