Andarge Asfaw

There is a story behind every image that I capture. When I look into the eyes of someone in one of my photographs, I am captivated by their presence. In my landscapes, I seek the wisdom of the past. Leaves, a cave, a pile of stones, all represent the soul of a place.

The colors and mood of light are a constant source of inspiration. I translate my images into printed work using all different types of media, including fabric. My background in alternative photographic processes, such as platinum, palladium and cyanotype has expanded the way I look at photographs. I use various cameras in my work. A large format camera is irreplaceable.

Andargé Asfaw is an internationally recognized photographer/educator and author. His work is published worldwide and is held in museum and private collections. Andargé’s exquisite photography book, “Ethiopia from the Heart”, was published in 2007 to raise awareness about Ethiopia’s environmental crisis and to fund tree planting projects in Ethiopia. Andargé is the first Ethiopian photographer to publish a photography book about Ethiopia.

In pursuit of a greater goal, Andargé and a team of creative professionals formed Canopy Ethiopia in 2009. The organization’s mission is to implement programs for environmental sustainability, to educate citizens in environmental stewardship, promote grassroots community development and to fundraise for tree planting in depleted regions of Ethiopia one village at a time.

Andargé has maintained a photography studio, F/STOP STUDIO, in Washington, DC for over 25 years and offers photo safaris to Ethiopia in partnership with Ethiopian Airlines. Andargé teaches photography in the U.S. at the Washington School of Photography, The Art League School, and The Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts. Andargé is a graduate of The Hallmark Institute of Photography.

Andargé’s photographic work has appeared in African Business, American Enterprise, Esquire, The New Republic, Newsweek, Space News, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post, as well as in several international publications. His clients have included Black and Decker, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Ethiopian Airlines, Federal Publications, WorldSpace, World Wildlife Fund, and XM Satellite Radio. Photos have aired on NBC, The Oprah Show and CNN. Andargé donates his work and services to organizations working for the greater good such as Art for Charity, Brhan Ethiopia, Ethiopian Children’s’ Fund, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, Girls Gotta Run Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Tesfa in Los Angeles, and The Fistula Foundation.