Four Questions on Photography: Ilvy Njiokiktjien in Conversation With…Nichole Sobecki

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August 30, 2022
12:00–13:00PM EDT

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Musician Daniel Owino, who goes by the name Futwax, performs his latest song "Have you sanitized?" -- written and recorded in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- with his four-year-old son Julian Austin in their home in Nairobi's informal Kibera community, on April 1, 2020. Photograph by Nichole Sobecki / VII

“Four Questions on Photography: Ilvy Njiokiktjien in Conversation With…” is a series of events where well-known photographers discuss with Ilvy their responses to the four questions below.

– What is your most important photograph, how did you make it, and what impact do you think it had?
– What is your biggest photo failure; an image you wanted or needed but you messed up somehow?
– What is your dream image or story?
– What advice would you give to your younger self?

In this episode, Ilvy is in conversation with Nichole Sobecki.

This event was recorded and you can watch the video here


Nichole Sobecki

, Nairobi

Nichole Sobecki is an American photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. After graduating from Tufts University, Nichole spent the early years of her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. From 2012-2015, she led Agence France-Presse’s East Africa video bureau and was a 2014 Rory Peck Awards News Finalist for her coverage of the Westgate mall attacks in Kenya. Nichole’s work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year, the One World Media Awards, the Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism, The Magenta Foundation, and The Jacob Burns Film Center, among others, and her work has been exhibited internationally.

Ilvy Njiokiktjien

, Utrecht
Ilvy Njiokiktjien is an independent photographer and multimedia journalist based in the Netherlands. She has worked in many parts of the world, with a focus on Africa. As a news and documentary photographer, she covers current affairs and contemporary social issues. She was born in the Netherlands, and, after leaving school, she studied for a year in South Dakota (USA) before returning home to study journalism and photography.
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