Photographer Of Ruto’s Presidential Portrait-How Much He Was Paid
The official presidential portrait of Kenya’s fifth president William Ruto is out and will be retailing at Ksh. 300 at selected stores countrywide. However, a dearth is known about the photographer, who captured one of the best portraits.
The portrait of H.E President William Samoei Ruto was taken by Kenyan based South Sudanese photographer Emmanuel Jambo, who used to be former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s official photographer.
President Ruto has however not confirmed whether he’ll be getting a new photographer or he’ll keep Emmanuel.
The official portrait is one of the state symbols of unity and is usually required to be displayed in all government offices as well as private/ public companies and other traded businesses in the country.
Below is all you need to know about the guy who was contracted to immortalize the president in picture format.
Emmanuel Jambo is 35-years-old and features among the most sought after photographers in both East and Central Africa due to his impeccable work.
In 2012, Forbes Magazine featured Emanuel Jambo as one of the most influential photographers in Africa and that counteracts any doubts concerning Jambo’s competence we all know Forbes doesn’t play around with the people they feature.
According to a past interview he did, Emmanuel revealed that he was born into photography but he wasn’t feel fully drawn into it that much.
Before he joined the world of photography Emmanuel was a sports person. He played basketball and was really good at it, he got a scholarship and even almost went fully professional.
His love was always art though and while he was studying in the US he would go to as many art exhibitions as he could and this pushed him to dive back into photography.
After two years he returned back home, to Kenya, and embarked on what he does best to preserve memories for people in the most stunning way possible.
Source have it that for doing a portrait of William Ruto alone, Jambo earned ksh. 50,000.