Julius Mwelu & the Mwelu Foundation. Nairobi

This book tells the story of a human adventure, that of the photographer Julius Mwelu, a talented and generous Kenyan, who was born in the valley of Mathare and has survived there. This part of Nairobi is one of the immense slums that make the Kenyan capital a permanent social scandal.


There, in the total misery of a poor, overpopulated city that offers little hope, the photographer and his team walked among the people, the sheet metal roofs and the plastic buses, but most of all Julius motivated and encouraged children and adolescents to look at the world around them differently.

After their mentor had taught them to use the lens properly, the young people looked at the situation in their slum with an understanding, but undeniably critical eye.

With a delicate blend of tenderness and realism, Mwelu presents us with 112 testimonies of his mission as an artist and teacher.