“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.”
— Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In 2014, New York City-based photographer and activist, Louise Rita Contino, relocated to Uganda for four months to create the Wanteete Photo Collective (WPC). Louise distributed 35mm cameras to 17 local community members in a rural village called Wanteete, and engaged the WPC in three months of intensive  photographic training.

Previously no one in the WPC had ever seen a camera before.  However, despite the lack of running water or any temperature control whatsoever, by the project's conclusion 180 rolls of film were shot and developed in the field. What emerged was a captivating  and deeply personal story about daily life in rural East Africa, as seen through the subjects' own eyes.

Both the process and product of Picturing Wanteete emphasize the importance of empowerment and collective action in the context of international development. The WPC members built their own capacity as storytellers and took charge of how they want to be represented internationally. Their images reflect a community that is civically engaged, cohesive, and confident.



Brian Morris Gallery, Solo Show, (New York City, USA), April 2015

Segal Family Annual Summit Meeting, Featured Artwork, (Arusha, Tanzania), July 2014

LaBa! Arts Festival, Festival Entry, Goethe-Institut Worldwide (Kampala, Uganda), June 2014

East African Fashion Awards, Featured Artwork (Kampala, Uganda), May 2014

Prunes Cafe, Showcase Exhibition (Kampala, Uganda), May 2014