UNSEEN was WAYout’s first exhibition in London of photographs by street youth in Sierra Leone. The photos are surprising and give a rare insight in daily life. The exhibition also included poems by WAYout members and was open from 18th September to 7th October 2018. Some fo the photographs will be exhibited as part of the With1Voice Summit in Manchester in November. You can see the photographs here
The photographers are : Nathaniel Sesay aka Mash P. Mash lived on the streets for years and is a musician and filmmaker who explores his past as a child soldier through his music. He started taking photographs six months ago. Once he discovered a talent for it he was out with a camera almost every day and many of the images in this exhibition are by Mash.
Josta Hopps lived on the streets for 12 years and has been taking photographs for several years. He focuses on people and faces and took some powerful photos during the ebola crisis, one of which was featured on the front page of the Observer (below). Josta is a filmmaker, music, drama and documentary and he teaches others.
Other photographers are Francess Kamara the only female photographer in the exhibition, John Tarawallie who dreams of being a professional photographer one day, Victor Kamara from the Black Street Family, Mohamed Kamara from the Iron Team, Gibrilla Sesay, Abdul Barrie and Musa Konteh. With the exception of Josta Hopps they are all new to photography.
The Old Diorama Arts Centre, 201 Drummond Street, London NW1 3FE