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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is David’s contacts