Messay has been on an interesting journey that has taken him all around the globe. He’s lived in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Kenya, Cameroon and the United States, giving him an international perspective on life.
Messay loves to shoot on sunny days in the late afternoon. This gives his work a very distinctive look with long shadows and sharp contrast. He talked to us about the work/photography balance, his background and finding his own voice.
To listen in to our audio interview with Messay, click the audio player below:
A Selection of Messay’s Photos
Messay’s Favorite Places to Shoot in Washington, D.C.
- The area around H and 7th Streets near the Metro Center Metro stop
- Union Station
- U Street area
Messay’s Greatest Influence
- Alex Webb