The Kenyans is an exploration of Kenya through landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and still life photography. These images showcase people, locations and environment that define the present Kenyan society, such as cramped slums, multi-cultural cities, semi-nomadic villages and vanishing villages. Alternating between city and countryside, I attempt to investigate what it means to be uniquely Kenyan in a country with a variety of ethnic and cultural diversity and a growing disparity between tradition and modernity.
Tetsugo Hyakutake was born in Japan, 1975. In 2003 Hyakutake moved to Philadelphia and graduated from the University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, receiving the Promising Artist Award and Society for Photographic Education Mid-Atlantic Region Scholarship Award. In 2009, Hyakutake obtained a Master's Degree of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania where he was awarded a Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. In 2009, he participated in photography festival PHotoEspaÃ±aâ€™s Descubrimientos Portfolio Review and was also a winner of the International Photography Awards Competition for his project Post-Industrialization. His work has been exhibited in Tokyo, Philadelphia, New York, Madrid, Venice, and he is currently represented by Gallery339 in Philadelphia and Alan Klotz Gallery in New York. Hyakutakeâ€™s work is fueled by historical, economic, and social issues of post-war Japan connected to his own personal experiences and the voices of his generation.