Joseph Ouma

Mr. Ouma (1943) learned photography in Uganda before undertaking training in Germany at the Bonn Press House between 1971 and 1972. From 1972 he worked in the photographic section of the Ministry of Information and was the chief photographer and head of the photographic unit from 1995 until 2000. Mr. Ouma recalls that before the coming of Idi Amin Kampala was well stocked in photographic equipment, and the scholarship that he received to go and study in Germany was funded by the photographic supply company Agfa. In 2000 he was one of the recipients of the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography Awards for his work on ‘The Control of HIV/Aids in Uganda’ that examined the rapid raise of AIDS in Uganda to a level that threatened the lives of nearly 5% of the population. This project – inspired by the magnitude of human misery, in addition to the social and economic implications – was intended to stimulate research and behavioral changes in the public. Mr Ouma lives in Kampala and still enjoys taking pictures. Kampala based curator Anna Kucma helped us to get in touch with Mr. Ouma.

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