Luo family on a farm near Akala, in the far west of Kenya; April 1979.

The backdrop is the painted wall of a wattle and daub hut, the smooth surface layer of which is starting to flake off on the far right.  Minor points, maybe that I’ve only really appreciated now, after all these years, are the Vicks poster and the kitten.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: OM-1 with 50mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide film, rated at 64 ISO.

UPDATE: The people in Kenya were in the main very friendly and hospitable.  I very much enjoyed my years in that country.  Again – once again – I wish that I had photographed more of the people that I met there.


I’m re-posting photographs that I took in Kenya over 30 years ago.  You can find more context here .  Click onto the “Archive Kenya” tag (below) to see more of these film images from Kenya.





        • That is one perspective, but in other places other cultures exist. I was not privy to the private lives of many African families, but I have first hand experience of an instance where the first wife was instrumental in instigating the incorporation of a second wife into the family, and who in fact was the one who chose the second wife. From what others told me, this was standard social practice.

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    • No, I never arranged anyone in these Kenya portraits, I just asked if I could photograph them and left the rest to them. It was usually sufficient to point at my camera and then point at them with an enquiring expression; I knew some swahili but no luo at all, but then my luo travelling companion was always around if more explanation was needed. Everyone was very friendly, and quite interested / curious to see me there I think. 🙂

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