Obama Portrait

How Obama Visit in 2015 Transformed Photography Industry in Africa

David Macharia is a renowned photographer who was born and raised in Kenya. He started his photography journey the year 2000 after he completed his high school education and due to lack of fee he couldn’t join college education. In his photography journey, he worked at a printing studio which he later resigned in the year 2003 and became a freelance photographer.

David Macharia, one of the main mentors of entrepreneurship to upcoming creatives

He worked with other outstanding photographers like Muturi Kanini and Bonface Mwangi. His breakthrough came when he met Caroline Mutoko and she commissioned him to be the official photographer of the big wedding that was sponsored by Kiss Fm.

David Macharia in The year 2004 when he was a freelance photographer at Kangemi

In the same year 2007, he met his mentor Mathew Gathua from Valentine Cake House and he also managed to register his photography business Versatile Photographers. He was overwhelmed with referrals and he couldn’t get a team to work with thus he decided to start a mentorship program to mentor photographers.

Versatile Photographers team that was mentored by David year 2011

His mentorship program grew rapidly, and the year 2014 he couldn’t accommodate the number of people coming since there wasn’t enough space at Versatile Photographers office. He used social media platforms to call people interested in learning photography and took the to Uhuru Park Gardens which is a public park for training.

A team of young people learning photography at Uhuru Park with David Macharia

It was a dream for David to start a photography institution where people can come and learn basic skills in photography. He had attended several workshops in South Africa and he had so much to share in form of photography skills and entrepreneurship in creative industry.

Versatile Photographers Team in the year 2015

The number of mentees increased and when David was commissioned to be the official photographer during Obama’s Visit at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, he took two of his best student Willy Muturi and Doreen Kerina to be be part of his team.

David Macharia with top musician Akon during the GES 2015

Former President Barrack Obama, Uhuru Kenyatta and the panelist during Global Entrepreneurship Summit

H.E Former President Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta during the GES 2015. Photo by David Macharia

In our country it’s hard for lending institution like banks to give loans to a creative without collateral. It was his great opportunity when he was paid by White House for the commissioned work and he managed to get a space to start a photography training school.

Versatile School Of Photography lighting class

Later he managed to register the Versatile School of photography which has worn Kenya Wedding Industry Awards as the best photography School in East Africa. The school has received students from all over Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Congo and a big number from Tanzania.

They recently celebrated Evolution Of Photography in Africa as they opened a new branch in one of the high end Mall Village Market. They are looking for more donation to expand their wings to the rest of the countries in Africa, to transform more lives of young people whose interest is in content development through photography and film.

Trophy awarded to Versatile Photographers for being the most innovative in Kenya 2018

Versatile Photographers new branch at Village Market

Visit Versatile Art Gallery at Village market and you will be able to see collection of his photography including Obama portraits printed on canvas which he donates to schools to inspire young people that their dreams are valid.

Obama’s Portrait printed in canvas. More exclusive portraits are available at Versatile Art Gallery for sale. The proceeds goes to scholarships of a needy student.



David Macharia donating the image to Mpesa Foundation Academy where Versatile School Of Photography offers mentorship on basic photography skills.


David Macharia donating Obama portrait to his former Njabini Primary School.

Here is David’s contacts


Tel: +254722424136

Whatsapp: +254722220978

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