It’s no secret we’re very fond of Osborne Macharia; his work is some of the most original and inspiring we’ve seen. If a picture is worth a thousand then the value of Osborne’s goes far beyond that. From taking pictures that change perceptions, win awards and garner fandom the world over, to writing the narratives that underpin his Afrofuturism aesthetic, Osborne is a timeless creative.
Words: Tshiamo Seape
Osborne was recently in South Africa, and when he stopped by our Cape Town offices, we didn’t miss the opportunity to get some news from the man himself – busy as he is.
What was your reason for visiting South Africa?
We were here on a commercial photography assignment for two brands Foschini and Campari shooting over a 10 day period.
Other than work have you had some time to explore the city – any sightseeing?
We had an amazing time in Cape Town as we were there just in time to see Carlos Santana live in concert (same day as my birthday). We thought we had a lot of time but time did go by fast. We managed to go to the Old Biscuit Mill, Table Mountain, Ratanga Junction and a couple of eating spots here and there.
Where are you off to next?
Heading to Vancouver to see my wife, rest and work on ideas for my next project/assignment.
Can you tell us about your next project?
This one I never talk about lest I jinx it.
While we wait for his next Afrofuturist masterpiece, take a quick look at Gikosh
, his latest series inspired by the real-life craftspeople who turn disused aeroplane parts into unbelievably crafted pieces of furniture.