Born and raised in Ethiopia, Hilina Abebe is a self-taught documentary photographer who is influenced by her father’s black and white family photographs he made in the ’60s and ’70s. Her work focuses on long-form documentary and portraiture; exploring inequality, identity, history, and the significance of memory. She combines her background in Journalism and Social Work to discuss issues in her storytelling.
Hilina is an Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX Alum. In 2016, she participated in the New York Times Portfolio Review and the World Press Photo East Africa Masterclass. She is also a Joop Swart and PDN’s 30 nominee.
Her clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Getty Images, CNN, and Terra Mater Magazin.
Hilina lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she wishes to continue documenting stories.
Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX Nikon Award. 2016
PDN’s 30. New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. 2020
World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. 2020
World Press Photo 6×6 Global Talent Program. 2018
PDN’s 30. 2017
World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. 2017
Black Art Matters. Contemporary Black Photography. 2020. Zurich. Switzerland
Photo Schweiz. 2020. Zurich. Switzerland
Kolkata International Photography Festival (KIPF). 2019. Kolkata. India
Photoville. 2018. New York. USA
Lumix Festival. 2018. Hanover. Germany
Nuku Photo Festival. 2018. Accra. Ghana
African Lens. 2018. Accra. Ghana
Festival Pil’Ours. 2017. Saint Gilles. France
Photoville. 2016. New York. USA
World Press Freedom Day. 2016. Helsinki. Finland
Dak’Art Biennale. 2016. Dakar. Senegal
Photoville. 2015. New York. USA
Addis Foto Fest. 2014. Addis Ababa. Ethiopia