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Caught on camera [phone]

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 multiple research trips to South Africa and Mozambique, I took the opportunity to start taking and collecting mobile- and technology-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, newsletters and presentations. On top of that, people were just generally curious about what was going on.

kiwanja Mobile Gallery

That collection now stands at over 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 – with citation – 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 their use.

13 comments

1 changefeed { 01.17.12 at 2:10 pm }

->@kiwanja: Caught on camera [phone] http://t.co/dCAQ9rTi

2 Ken Banks { 01.17.12 at 2:25 pm }

Struggling to find free-to-use quality mobile/technology images? Look no further than the "Mobile Gallery". http://t.co/YdBkyNeH

3 Brad Rhoads { 01.17.12 at 2:29 pm }

RT @kiwanja: free-to-use quality mobile/technology images: the "Mobile Gallery". http://t.co/PDewKKcM #mobmin

4 Michael Gallagher { 01.17.12 at 2:31 pm }

“@kiwanja: Struggling to find free-to-use quality mobile images? Look no further than the "Mobile Gallery" http://t.co/0oanYCBV” #mlearning

5 Steven Ramage { 01.17.12 at 2:31 pm }

Struggling to find free-to-use quality mobile/technology images? Look no further than the "Mobile Gallery". http://t.co/YdBkyNeH

6 Wendy Levy { 01.17.12 at 2:31 pm }

Struggling to find free-to-use quality mobile/technology images? Look no further than the "Mobile Gallery". http://t.co/YdBkyNeH

7 Ramandeep { 01.17.12 at 2:38 pm }

Struggling to find free-to-use quality mobile/technology images? Look no further than the "Mobile Gallery". http://t.co/YdBkyNeH

8 Fr@nthro { 01.17.12 at 3:14 pm }

#anthro blog post: Caught on camera [phone]: They say a picture paints a thousand words, and that may be the cas… http://t.co/jXs4LeoY

9 Anand Varghese { 01.17.12 at 3:19 pm }

This is awesome Ken. Thanks! RE: @kiwanja Look no further than the "Mobile Gallery". http://t.co/cRNLvrNk

10 Joel Selanikio { 01.17.12 at 3:52 pm }

@kiwanja collection: images of mobile in Africa. Great pics, very useful, historically significant. http://t.co/O8Sftfid #ict4d #innovation

11 TechChange { 01.17.12 at 4:41 pm }

Caught on camera [phone] | via @whiteafrican #citizenjournalism #m4d http://t.co/wlljcYpS

12 Monica Curca { 01.17.12 at 4:52 pm }

Great find -royalty free mobile pics“@TechChange: Caught on camera [phone] | via @whiteafrican #citizenjournalism #m4d http://t.co/eWyBpXVy”

13 Russell Watkins { 01.18.12 at 7:16 am }

Struggling to find free-to-use quality mobile/technology images? Look no further than the "Mobile Gallery". http://t.co/YdBkyNeH

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