From construction sites, to facial expressions, Michael Tsegaye takes pictures of them all. His photographs are charged with emotion, which he depicts without constraints.
Born in 1975, Michael lives and works in Addis Ababa. He received his diploma in painting from the Addis Ababa University’s School of Fine Arts and Design in 2002, but soon gave up painting after he discovered he was allergic to oil paint.
He then came across photography, which interested him enough to make a profession out of it and found that he could use it as a medium through which to communicate. While the spirit of Ethiopian culture, its traditions in music, poetry and literature, informs his photography, his goal is that of any artist: to understand his life and where he stands on issues of the 21st century, and express these through art.
“Future Memories”, his current work, was presented at the Goethe Institute on Wednesday and this particular collection is a visual rendering of changes in different neighborhoods in Addis Ababa.
While presenting his works, the artist discussed his experiences and the impact they have on his work, as well as the rapid change in the capital city of Ethiopia and Africa. He engaged those who attended the exhibition by revealing insights behind the scenes of his work.
His work has been featured on BBC as well as other Media. He has become a familiar figure in the Ethiopian photography scene for some time now, and is undoubtedly considered as one of the best photographers we have. Photography, as an art form, is still in the developmental stage in Ethiopia. As drawing and painting have really come a long way, the art of photography is just starting to take root. Artists, such as Michael Tsegaye, have a crucial role to play in its development as they inspire those who are interested in photography and those who want to be photographers, alike.