Chip Duncan: The Importance of Mo Amin's work

Photojournalist and film-maker Chip Duncan explains the impact of Kenya's legendary photographer.

Chip DuncanMohamed Amin Foundation

Chip Duncan 1

"Photojournalists are a rare breed. They take risks. They go where others rarely venture. They put the power of story above their own personal comfort and safety."

Chip DuncanMohamed Amin Foundation

Chip Duncan 2

"They witness glorious beauty and hideous atrocity. They can’t call in an airstrike or get a helicopter evac, and they rarely have anyone watching their back."

Memorabilia Columbia Broadcasting System Press Card (1967) by Trupti ShahMohamed Amin Foundation

Chip Duncan 3

"A force among photojournalists, Mohamed Amin lost his life in 1996 while negotiating with hijackers. But before he passed, Mo managed to use his cameras for more than a generation to bring East Africa’s most powerful stories into world view."

Marlboro 1981 Safari Rally accreditation card (1981) by Trupti ShahMohamed Amin Foundation

Chip Duncan 4

"For Mo, photography was a powerful agent of change. He was often credited with saving more than one million lives with his documentary coverage of the 1984-85 famine in the Horn of Africa."

Mohamed Amin with a video cameraMohamed Amin Foundation

Chip Duncan 5

"Mo Amin was never a household name. He chose a life behind the camera."

Mohamed Amin films the East African Safari Rally (1979)Mohamed Amin Foundation

Chip Duncan 6

"Mo’s historic pictures of Kenya tell the story of his beautiful home turf, captured over four decades of journalistic and artistic expression. Mo was a dedicated artist behind the camera and he created compelling and honest visual storytelling."

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