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Nicholas Calvin

“Some insights can only be discovered through art”

Nicholas Calvin is a photographer/filmmaker based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. For the past five years his primary base is Nafasi Art Space, a contemporary art space in the city of Dar es salaam. Prior to that he worked briefly in two local museums.

Heritage management studies, at the University of Dar es Salaam, opened doors for him in terms of learning wider issues pertaining to local history and culture. This background combined with his interest in issues of identity, representation, and the power of narrative - especially historical narrative - forms the basis of his appreciation of the power of stories in connecting us to ideas, places and people and thereby informing our perspective of the world.

Most of his photography work revolves around his personal exploration of topics and experiments that interests him, however over the years he has also worked with local art organizations, dance and music schools, and festivals, in documenting their work. Some of his greatest achievements range from commission work for UNICEF, Goethe-Institute, Embassy of Switzerland, Bill and Melinda Foundation project in Kenya, Tanzania’s health Ministry, M4iD and many more.

Recently, Nicholas has been selected to participate in the New York Times Portfolio Review which is produced by The New York Times photo department, the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York and United Photo Industries. For Nicholas, his journey into photography and filmmaking has just begun.

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