Kesh Nthamba

Documentary Photographer / Based in Kenya

Makenna Kesh Nthamba is a Nairobi based Documentary Photographer and Cinematographer (DoP) specialising in storytelling, environmental portraits, editorial and photojournalism photography. The primary focus of her work revolves around... read on
Focus: Photojournalist, Photo Assistant, Documentary, Photo Editor, Photography, Storyteller, Visual Artist, Still Photographer, Studio Photographer, Landscape, Portrait Photography
Skills: Audio Recording, Adobe InDesign, Book Layout/Design, Photo Editing, Storyboarding, Technical Drawing, Typography, Video Editing, Sound Design, Film Processing, Film Photography, Cinematographer, Colorist
      
Clients: African Union (AU) UNECA-ECA One Acre Fund
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Available in: Kenya
Focused on: Photojournalist, Photo Assistant, Documentary, Photo Editor, Photography, Storyteller, Visual Artist, Still Photographer, Studio Photographer, Landscape, Portrait Photography
Skilled at: Audio Recording, Adobe InDesign, Book Layout/Design, Photo Editing, Storyboarding, Technical Drawing, Typography, Video Editing, Sound Design, Film Processing, Film Photography, Cinematographer, Colorist
Coverage Regions: Africa
Languages Spoken: Kiswahili, English, French, Portuguese
Years of experience: 6 to 10
Makenna Kesh Nthamba is a Nairobi based Documentary Photographer and Cinematographer (DoP) specialising in storytelling, environmental portraits, editorial and photojournalism photography. The primary focus of her work revolves around preventive medicine & health, sports, culture/art, landscapes and the Gospel. Kesh strives to tell and visualize stories of marginalized humanity and everyday life that is neither idealized nor debased. Kesh believes it takes a trauma-informed lens to deepen empathy and re-order the conscience of man. Her ongoing photo series explores the living fabric of Amboseli46 through a hybrid of environmental and street portraits.

As a Communication Consultant and Public Health graduate, Kesh has supported a range of humanitarian and development clients including: UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa), ACPC (Africa Climate Policy Centre), IGAD-ICPAC, One Acre Fund, LifeStraw, Pencils of Promise, Vestergaard Frandsen, Habitat for Humanity, NOC-K (National Olympic Committee - Kenya), World Vision, UNICEF and Tearfund Canada.

Kesh has also worked in Mozambique and Ghana.

Kesh's work has been exhibited at the Kioko Mwitiki Art Gallery in Nairobi during the '30 under 30' gallery exhibition in 2017 and internationally at the International Centre of Photography (ICP) Museum for the 'Global Images for Global Crisis' gallery exhibition in New York, 2020. In the same year, The Other Hundred and the GIFT Foundation shortlisted my photo story for "The Other Hundred Healers" photojournalism project, which was later exhibited in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Baptist University. In 2016, Kesh emerged overall winner of the Samsung Colours of Kenya photography competition for her distinct creativity.
Clients
African Union (AU)
UNECA-ECA
One Acre Fund
LifeStraw