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'Inspiring Change' Brings Kenyan Photographer Mohamed Amin's Work To U.S. For First Time

Credit Mohamed Amin

It’s hard to overstate what a prolific photojournalist Mohamed Amin was in his relatively short life. When the Kenyan native died in 1996, he left behind 2.5 million still photographs and more than 5,000 hours of raw video, shot during his 33-year career. Until now, almost none of that work has been displayed in the United States.

The first exhibit of his work in this country is now open at Milwaukee’s Charles Allis Museum. It was curated by Amin’s son, Salim, and Milwaukee photojournalist and filmmaker Chip Duncan, whose work is also part of the exhibit. 

Salim Amin explains why he chose Duncan to curate this special exhibit, "I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else with them - to curate them, to work on them, cropping them and touching them up and changing them in some ways, improving them, enhancing them. I know exactly where his mind is at and it’s exactly what I think my father would have wanted."

The exhibit features Amin's work alongside Duncan's. It's called, "Inspiring Change," and will be on dispaly at the Charlis Allis Art Museum through mid-October. 

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Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.