Nigerian documentary photographer, Mayor Otu has gotten an international recognition and spotlight for his works.
The fast-rising documentary photographer, has been featured in the July edition of a France-based Magazine, Diptyk.
His amazing photos got the attention of the media house as the editor didn’t hesitate to send him an email about their interest to feature him in the magazine.
The elated Mayor shared the news on his Facebook page saying:
The joy of every photographer especially documentary photographers is to be published either locally or internationally.
As a documentary photographer, I chose a path less travelled especially by photographers from Where I come from and I knew making it to the top of the food chain would mean that some days I will have to go without food but with the Prize in sight, no price was too big for me to pay!
When I got an email from the Editor of a France based Photography Magazine that they wanted to feature me on their July edition of DIPTYK MAGAZINE, I thought in my heart that finally I’ve been noticed outside the shores of my motherland!
Today, the Joy of being published on an International magazine has blinded my eyes and heart from the pains and stress I go through creating documentary images!
I may not be there yet but I don’t take my little successes for granted!
This one is for God, who has brought me this far and has given me the staying power (GRACE)
My goal is to put Akwa Ibom State on the Map and be an inspiration to Young Akwa Ibomites, kids with dreams with no one to look up to, I want them to know that Nothing is Impossible!
The magazine is sold in about three African countries Senegal, Morocco and Mali. And it’s available in France.
It can be recalled that Mayor’s quest for documentary photos started when he switched from the regular wedding photography, with the desire to tell stories of people who he refers to as the voiceless through rare pictures tagged “Humans of Akwa Ibom”, inspired by the Humans of New York photography project.