Nairobi: New Works – Photography by Brendan Bannon

Exploring the dichotomies of life in one Africa’s largest cities.

More About the Artist

Brendan Bannon is a photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Brendan Bannon’s interest in photography was sparked by his mother, an amateur photographer with a darkroom in the bathroom, and his father, who placed him at age 10 in front of drawers of antique photographs and asked him to select the interesting ones for an exhibition on the history of photography.

His interest in the medium was constant but his professional career began in 2000. During his 20’s Bannon took care of his mother who had multiple sclerosis, an experience he credits with informing his approach to photography. “I don’t shy away from difficult stories. The experience of taking care of my mother showed me clearly that behind every moment of perceived suffering there is a profound victory over circumstances. I look at people’s lives as being full of meaningful relationships, striving against the odds and achieving small victories.”

Bannon previously worked on long-term projects in both Romania and Russia. He has been living in Africa since 2005.

He has photographed in Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Tanzania, Congo, India.

His clients include Medecins Sans Frontieres, UNHCR, UNICEF and CARE International. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Telegraph, the Independent, the Guardian, Monocle Magazine, KWANI?, Maclean’s and others.

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