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Caught on camera

They say a picture paints a thousand words, and that may be the case. But if they cost the earth or you don’t have permission to use them, they end up painting nothing much at all.

When my mobile ‘career’ kicked off in 2003 with research trips to South Africa and Mozambique, I took the opportunity to start taking and collecting mobile-related photos. Back then people were beginning to take an interest in the impact of mobile phones on the African continent, and NGOs were looking to use photos on websites or in project proposals and newsletters.

kiwanja Mobile Gallery

That collection now stands at almost 150 photos, and covers everything from people around the world texting or making calls to pictures of shops, signs, mobiles themselves and other interesting examples of mobile entrepreneurship in action. The images are free to use by non-profits or any other organisation seeking to profile the social impact of mobile technology. Visit the kiwanja Mobile Gallery for the full gallery of images, and for details on how to credit.

19 comments

1 Ken Banks { 05.04.09 at 4:11 pm }

Selection of 143 mobile-related photos taken over six years in the field, free-to-use. “Caught on camera” at http://is.gd/wDac

2 kiwanja { 05.04.09 at 4:11 pm }

Selection of 143 mobile-related photos taken over six years in the field, free-to-use. “Caught on camera” at http://is.gd/wDac

3 vanderbeeken (Mark Vanderbeeken) { 05.04.09 at 4:15 pm }

RT @kiwanja: Selection of 143 mobile-related photos in emerging markets, free-to-use http://is.gd/wDac

4 Mark Vanderbeeken { 05.04.09 at 4:15 pm }

RT @kiwanja: Selection of 143 mobile-related photos in emerging markets, free-to-use http://is.gd/wDac

5 vanderbeeken { 05.04.09 at 4:15 pm }

RT @kiwanja: Selection of 143 mobile-related photos in emerging markets, free-to-use http://is.gd/wDac

6 Kevindonovan (Kevin Donovan) { 05.04.09 at 4:20 pm }

Selection of 143 mobile-related pics taken over six years in the field, free-to-use. “Caught on camera” at http://is.gd/wDac (via @kiwanja)

7 Kevin Donovan { 05.04.09 at 4:20 pm }

Selection of 143 mobile-related pics taken over six years in the field, free-to-use. “Caught on camera” at http://is.gd/wDac (via @kiwanja)

8 kevindonovan { 05.04.09 at 4:20 pm }

Selection of 143 mobile-related pics taken over six years in the field, free-to-use. “Caught on camera” at http://is.gd/wDac (via @kiwanja)

9 trucano (trucano) { 05.04.09 at 4:23 pm }

thanks @kiwanja : your free-to-use gallery of pics of mobile phones in Africa is a great resource! http://is.gd/wDac

10 trucano { 05.04.09 at 4:23 pm }

thanks @kiwanja : your free-to-use gallery of pics of mobile phones in Africa is a great resource! http://is.gd/wDac

11 changefeed { 05.04.09 at 4:24 pm }
12 jaspaldesign (Jaspal S. Sandhu) { 05.04.09 at 5:02 pm }

@kiwanja Thanks for sharing with all of us – an excellent repository! (143 free-to-use mobile-related photos http://is.gd/wDac)

13 Jaspal S. Sandhu { 05.04.09 at 5:02 pm }

@kiwanja Thanks for sharing with all of us – an excellent repository! (143 free-to-use mobile-related photos http://is.gd/wDac)

14 jaspaldesign { 05.04.09 at 5:02 pm }

@kiwanja Thanks for sharing with all of us – an excellent repository! (143 free-to-use mobile-related photos http://is.gd/wDac)

15 infofilm (RogerRobertBusschots) { 05.04.09 at 8:55 pm }

RT @kiwanja: Selection of 143 mobile-related photos taken over six years in the field, free-to-use. “Caught on camera” at http://is.gd/wDac

16 RogerRobertBusschots { 05.04.09 at 8:55 pm }

RT @kiwanja: Selection of 143 mobile-related photos taken over six years in the field, free-to-use. “Caught on camera” at http://is.gd/wDac

17 Infofilm/Museummedia { 05.04.09 at 8:55 pm }

RT @kiwanja: Selection of 143 mobile-related photos taken over six years in the field, free-to-use. “Caught on camera” at http://is.gd/wDac

18 ryanseslow (ryanseslow) { 05.05.09 at 6:16 am }

Cool- RT @infofilm:Selection of 143 mobile-related photos taken over six years free-to-use. “Caught on camera” at http://is.gd/wDac

19 ryanseslow { 05.05.09 at 6:16 am }

Cool- RT @infofilm:Selection of 143 mobile-related photos taken over six years free-to-use. “Caught on camera” at http://is.gd/wDac

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