Renowned photographer and Canon Ambassador Aïda Muluneh is not just an extraordinary talent, but an empowering inspiration for photographers around the world. Her compelling journey from her homeland of Ethiopia to the international stage is woven into her vibrant tapestry of striking images. Aïda is a master storyteller, using her lens not just to depict a scene, but to awaken a new understanding of her beloved continent.
In the 1980s, Aïda's journey led her from her native Ethiopia to Canada, broadening her perspective and helping to shape her unique visual voice. She further honed her craft at the esteemed Howard University in Washington DC and subsequently worked as a photojournalist at The Washington Post. Today, her work resonates from the halls of the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, reflecting the global reach and impact of her talent.
Aïda is currently living in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and is working between there and Ethiopia with a newfound mission: to inspire and empower the next generation of photographers. Through her work founding initiatives like the Addis Foto Fest, the Africa Print House and the Africa Foto Fair, she is nurturing talent and transforming the narrative of photography in Africa. Aïda is fervently committed to her vision, using her influence to change perceptions, shatter stereotypes and illuminate the untold stories of Africa.