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    I was looking to do a series of portraits showing people wearing their Sunday best when I made this photo of David Muyochokera. It was taken on his last Sunday working as a photographer at Weekend Studio, in Kibera—a large shantytown in Nairobi, Kenya. My friend Peter, a local resident, had pointed me to the photo studio just as I was about to leave the area. It was a stunning space, with whimsical backdrops and natural light coming through the doorway. David had worked there for 37 years, but Weekend Studio was about to close permanently. Phone cameras were so common now, he said, and fewer people wanted studio portraits. David planned to retire and return home to the countryside. I was troubled by the studio’s imminent closure, so I eventually took over the rent. A portrait of David now hangs at Weekend Studio in his memory.
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    Date Taken: May 27, 2018
    Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2018
    Location: Moi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D810
    Focal Length: 17 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
    Aperture: f/2.8
    ISO: 2000
    Copyright: © Mia Collis
    Categories: Portraits, People
    Assignments: Rethinking Portraiture
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest