Ézé Amos is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ézé is the Spring 2018 New City Artist-in-Residence.
In 2008, Ézé immigrated to Charlottesville from Nigeria to join his partner Kristina, a writer and community organizer. As a young adult in Nigeria, Ézé trained in the sciences but secretly nurtured a passion for photography. He initially discovered the craft by stumbling on a beat-up book in a library, then eventually repaired a broken camera and shot his first rolls of black and white film. Those rolls were among the few possessions he brought with him to the US. When Ézé finally had a chance to develop the film, he discovered images that he still cherishes and displays today.
Ézé became a proud US citizen in 2014, the same year he fulfilled his dream of launching a professional photography business. Whether he's shooting weddings and family events, partnering with organizations and media outlets, or just out walking with his camera, Ézé loves capturing people at their most authentic.
His current projects include a street photography project (#cvillepeopleeveryday) and documenting local resistance actions over the past several years. Ézé's work is regularly featured in Cville Weekly and Edible Blue Ridge, and his images have also been published by the Washington Post, CNN, AP, and Reuters.
During his residency, Ézé will be working on his street photography series that documents Charlottesville's urban spaces and showcases the diversity of our residents and visitors. With the community, Ézé is interested in providing technical assistance and support for local photographers and other artists pursuing documentary storytelling; photographing Charlottesville artists at work; and organizing a potluck at New City Arts.
Ézé is a graduate of the University of Ibadan. He has served the local community as an EMT, Firefighter, and Human Rights Commissioner. When he's not working, you'll find Ézé out and about town with his five year old daughter Amaka.