Girma Berta is an award winning young artist based in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, whose work fuses street photography with fine art.  Born in 1990,  Berta is a self-taught photographer, who studied Information Technology graduating in 2009. In Berta's Moving Shadows series, solitary figures are juxtaposed against vibrant backgrounds, creating truly unique artworks which exemplify the contrasting colours and personalities on the street of his home town. Berta's use of the digital medium to produce and present his artworks, is in itself is a commentary on the digital revolution which is underway across Africa. Berta describes the motivation behind his work as a wish to capture, "the beautiful, the ugly and all that is in between". His images delve deep into the inhabitants of the city, offering his remarkable interpretation.  

 

Moving Shadows received the 2016 Getty Images Instagram Award  and Berta's work has been featured in The GuardianOkay AfricaDesign Indaba and Art Africa and exhibited at, Cape Town Art Fair (2017), PhotoVille NY (2016, 2015), Look Festival NY (2016), 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair London (2016), Also Known as Africa Art Fair, Paris (2016) and Bamako Photo Fest (2015).