Spotlight on Photographer Aida Muluneh – Video

Aida Muluneh has been named the winner of the 2010 CRAF International Award of Photography in Italy. (Photo from Tadias video)

Tadias Magazine
Tadias Staff

Published: Sunday, July 25, 2010

New York (TADIAS) – Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh has been named the recipient of the 2010 CRAF’s International Award of Photography at a ceremony in Italy.

The 2010 prize, which was given to Aida by the scientific commission of CRAF, has previously been awarded to notable figures of the international photographic scene, including Charles Henri Favrod, Erich Hartmann, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Peter Galassi, Paolo Gasparini, Josef Koudelka, Joan Fontcuberta, Anne Cartier-Bresson, Naomie Walter Rosenblum, Alain Sayag, Margit Zuckriegl, Erich Lessing and Bernard Plossu.

“Aida Muluneh directs her attention as a photographer in particular towards the women of the African diaspora, concentrating on the bonds and the disagreements between the generations, the joys and the pains of life,” the organization said in explaining its reasons why it chose to honor the Ethiopian photographer. “Her subjects transmit, with a mixture of grace and power, the vicissitudes related to the phenomenon of the dispersion of the African people.”

The prize committee said the accolade is also a recognition of Aida’s continued efforts to establish a photography educational-institution in her native country. “In the year that CRAF has dedicated to Africa with the exhibit ‘Glimpses of Africa’, the International Award of Photography awarded to this young and very accomplished photographer – who is what’s more socially committed to the creation of a school of photography dedicated to young people, in Addis Abeba – is also intended to be in recognition of all of the young and emerging African photographers,” the group said.

In the following interview with, Aida talks about photography, working in Ethiopia, and her new book entitled Ethiopia: Past/Forward.

We note that photos displayed during her discussion of the book are not necessarily included in the book. The film clips and music, which accompany her interview, are part of the artist’s recent documentary movie also entitled Ethiopia: Past/Forward.


The interview with Aida Muluneh was taped in New York prior to her most recent award. ( Kidane Films)

9 Responses to “Spotlight on Photographer Aida Muluneh – Video”

  1. 1 JC Jul 26th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Congratulations Ida! People have not seen your photos of other universal subjects. They will be even more amazed.

  2. 2 Dawit Jul 26th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    beautiful. mesmerizing

  3. 3 Afro Harlem Chic Jul 27th, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Dope video!!! Great interview!!

    Aida is not only an exceptional photographer but also very articulate and communicative!! Enjoyed listening to her very much!

    The old man at the end of the video…what he said is priceless.

  4. 4 Ye Oak Town Lij Jul 27th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Dearest Idea:

    Your soul evoking photographs capture Ethiopia’s essence. Well done yagere LiJ!!!

  5. 5 Hailemariam Segewokal Aug 12th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    proud of you. God bless you.

  6. 6 Bruce McNeil Dec 8th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Harlee Little would be so PROUD of you aida!!!

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