About Paul Kariuki Munene
On a trip to Lamu in December 2004 I took with me a point-and-shoot camera and a few rolls of Black and White film.
On returning to Nairobi in January 2005 I began seeking to photograph weddings in Black and White, I enjoyed it and the clients were happy. I acquired a second-hand SLR film camera.
My fascination with Black and White photography has been with me from childhood; I loved how cool my parents’ wedding photos looked. I have on my phone a Black and White photograph of my mum taken in a studio in Mombasa in 1967; it is cool too and my mum looks amazing!
In 2006 I took delivery of my first Digital SLR camera.
My work was still biased to Black and White photography but I began shooting more in colour. I did more weddings, in my travels I shot landscapes; I tried shooting model portfolios.
In late 2007 I was engaged on freelance basis by The Nairobi Star newspaper [now The Star]; I worked with them for couple of months.
I have since done work for P.R. companies, Brand Agencies and NGOs. I currently photograph for Drum Magazine, UP! Magazine, Kenya Concierge and Home & Living Magazine.
Some of my images formed part of the ’24Nairobi’ exhibition in 2008 and subsequent book of the same title published in 2011.
I participated in an exhibition in 2010 titled ‘Sustain-Ability’.
I had my first solo exhibition ‘Reflected’ on the 30th of September 2013.
In May/June 2013 images from my collection ‘Glowing Faces’ were part of the ‘Mwangalio Tofauti II’ exhibition.
On the 8th of December 2013 I exhibited images in a exhibition called ‘Kudishnyao-4X6′.
I document live band music in Nairobi.