Ato Shemelis Desta
– Emporer Haile Selassie

By July 20, 2013 Heros
Shemelis Desta

Shemelis Desta

From the early 1960s Shemelis Desta (b.1937 Ethiopia) was official photographer to Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, until his desposition in 1974. While still in power, the Emperor played a major role in international affairs and Desta constantly travelled with him during mediations on political and religious affairs, including the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963.

The main collective exhibition of the First edition of ADDIS FOTO FEST will focus on Ethiopia, showcasing different perspectives on different aspects of the country, both with photographers from Ethiopia and from abroad.

A special tribute will be given to legendary photographer Shemelis Desta, who will come from London for the opening of the show with the support of the British Council.

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