Kawangware Revisited II (Pic du Jour)

This was taken in the Kawangware estate, one of the largest slums in Nairobi, so by default among the largest in sub-Saharan Africa. Densely populated, it’s home to more than half a million people. When I prepped for this photo of two players on a local club soccer team, they were stoic, taking on a very, very serious pose. Then I asked them to smile and they quickly, effortlessly obliged.

Nairobi, Kenya, 01-Apr 2007
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  1. Dave Cole says

    Excellent smiles! This photo is exactly why I love taking portrait shots in Africa. The happiness and the background action rarely disappoint and you captured it nicely. I’ve always been impressed by the friendliness of Kenyans, they are such wonderful people.

    1. Bob R says

      These guys were great. Very good players, too. I wonder what they’re up to these days.

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