Girma Berta, the rising Ethiopian photographer

Girma Berta is a young self-taught photographer, gaining critical acclaim for his portraits of the seemingly ordinary and working class in Ethiopia.

His project “Moving Shadows I + II” documents the people of his hometown, Addis Ababa.

The photographer captures his subjects going about their day on his iPhone. He then isolates them from their context, layering them against block-color backgrounds.

Berta’s use of digital media, to produce and present his artworks, is in itself a commentary on the digital revolution underway across Africa.

In 2016, the artist was awarded a Getty Images grant in support of photographers who use Instagram to share stories about underrepresented communities around the globe.