Deo Kyakulagira (1940-2000) lived for his family and photography. He operated several studios, among which Central Art Studio Ltd. from the early 1970s until his untimely death in 2000. He worked for the ministry of agriculture and for the department of medical illustration of Mulago Hospital.
Deo Kyakulagira did not exhibit his work during his lifetime. Like many of his colleagues he was not recognised as an author for the work he did. A wonderful series of self portraits made in various dark rooms and studios shows the pride Kyakulagira took in his work and justifies his late recognition as an artist.
In Ebifananyi I the reader gets to know Deo Kyakulagira through the likenesses he produced of himself, and the way he documented the world around him, partly as a father, partly as a professional photographer. Stories told by family members and others remembering Central Art Studio Ltd give an idea of the context in which Central Art Studio ltd operated and developed when Deo Kyakulagira ran it.
Each one of the Ebifananyi books deals with one specific Ugandan photo collection, and is made in close collaboration with the owners of the material and other contributors. Ebifananyi 1, 2 and 3 form a trilogy, presenting examples of photographic practices in Uganda.
See the website of co-publisher Ydoc for more information, and a browse through the book. The Ebifananyi series will also be made available as affordable book app.
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