Yonas Tadesse is a self-taught artist and photographer born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His work focuses on changing the narrative of Africa and showcasing its rich history to the world.
From a young age, he has been fascinated by the Fine Arts and curious about the stories of others. His drive as an artist comes from the unique stories of the people in his photographs and being able to tell those stories through his work.
Yonas began his journey as a photographer in 2014 showcasing his work at Addis Foto Fest. His work has been published in the New York Times, Time Magazine, the Washington post, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Bloomberg, BBC, Vogue Italia, and Vogue Germany. He has partnered with the United Nations, AFP/Getty Images and various international organizations such as WaterAid and GIZ. He likes to give back to his community by working with Addis Foto Fest to host workshops and mentor other photographers.
For the last three years, Yonas has been working on an ongoing personal series and book centered around Ethiopian traditional tattoos, the repatriation of Rastafarians, and the Afar people of Ethiopia.