Brian Otieno is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya. He was raised in Kibera, where he documents the everyday realities of ordinary life through his photo project called KiberaStories, which he started in 2013. His passion and commitment lie in capturing the stories of the vibrant community of Kibera and attempting to look beyond the chaotic appearance of his hometown and depict a broader spectrum of life from socio-economic, cultural, political and environmental perspectives.
Brian was among the 12 visual storytellers selected for the World Press Photo East Africa Masterclass which took place in Nairobi in 2016. In March 2019, he was selected to attend the New York Times Portfolio Review. Since 2017, he has been a contributor to Everyday Africa – a collective of photographers sharing images from across the continent aimed at undermining stereotypes and clichés. A professional photographer since 2016, Brian has balanced his documentary work with assignments for international publications and development organizations. He works regularly for Agence France-Presse and has contributed visual stories to media outlets including The New York Times, Al Jazeera, BBC, Der Spiegel, and Roads & Kingdoms.