Simon Fidelis Luyenga is a Tanzanian born independent photojournalist and documentary photographer; his work has been featured in publications including Suddeutsche Zeitung, Mail & Guardian, Die Zeit, Rinse and exhibited in Galleries. In 2018 he was awarded a honourable mention in East Africa Photography Award, by Uganda Press Photo Award in Kampala, Uganda. 2015 he was commissioned in an exhibition “Now you see me now you don’t” at the Grand Cinema in Mannheim Germany.
His approach to photography express in depth his fascination of social responsibility, to development and improvement of the society where there is something remarkably challenging. His interest in photography started when working in a gallery, with The Goethe Institut Johannesburg’ since then he has been fascinated with the rhetoric of the images, using his creativity to explore the human condition and the world around him. This extends to his interest in theory, documentary and photojournalism.
Luyenga attended Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at The Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. He is also a member of World Press Photo’s African Photojournalism Database (APJD) He believes photography is about the concept and passion; all of his work has a reason, whether to inform, illuminates the cause, make a statement, discuss or argue - but always to provoke a reaction.
Luyenga is currently based Tanzania: working in independent projects and Agence France Presse (AFP) stringer. His intention is to use photography as medium of expression to enlighten problems in a society, hoping in advance to bring about social change.