Girma Berta (ET, 1990) describes the motivation behind his work as a wish to capture ‘the beautiful, the ugly and all that is in between’. His images delve into the soul of Ethiopian urban life, offering his remarkable interpretation. As an autodidact he fuses street photography with conceptual art. In his Moving Shadows series, solitary figures are juxtaposed and set against a large field of a single colour, balancing on the verge of urban life photography and conceptualism. His photos exemplify the colourfulness and personalities of the streets of his hometown Addis Ababa. Berta works digitally in both the production and the presentation of his photos so that his images themselves comment on as well as participate in the digital art now being made by a younger generation of photographers in Africa.
Berta won the 2016 Getty Images Instagram Award and the 2017 Prize for Contemporary African Photography (CAP Prize). His work has recently been exhibited at the Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal (NL, 2018); La Gacilly Photo Festival (FR, 2017); and Red Hook Labs, NYC (US, 2017), among others.