The image of Kenya tends to be one of nomadic tribes dressed in red and adorned with beads, but the reality is much different. More than a quarter of Kenya’s population today live in cities and, while the country has forty two tribes, the majority of people belong to just five. Furthermore a staggering 75% of the country’s population is under the age of thirty, making it one of the youngest country’s in the world.
Demographica is an ongoing project that blends photography and demography to create a typology of 100 portraits that does its best to statistically represent the makeup of a country’s population. The aim of Demographica is to paint a true representation of a country, dispelling the various misconceptions and stereotypes people may have, and revealing the actual diversity of the many different people who make up any one population.
African Footballs 2020
A typology of footballs handmade by children throughout the African continent.
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Tobin has worked as a photographer throughout Africa, and sometimes further afield, over the past decade. Through his photography, he has explored the realities of modern day Africa, from Somalia’s struggle to emerge from a 20 year civil war, to transgender issues, and the intersection of modern religion with traditional healing practices in slum communities.
Tobin holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development, with minors in Economics and Political Science, from McGill University (Montreal) and a Master’s degree in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster (London). Today he lives in Nairobi, Kenya, where he manages the photo collective NonAligned and works as a freelance photographer and videographer.