Sunil Shah is a photographer and artist based in Oxford. He was born in Kampala, Uganda and moved to the UK in 1972 and graduated from BA (Hons) Photography at University of Westminster in 2012. Sunil’s work explores new conceptual modes of documentary photography.


Uganda Stories, 2012

‘Uganda Stories’ is both a subjective journey to recollect the past and an interrogation of documentary photography in its use to reassemble fragments of history. In 1972 the Ugandan military dictator, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from the country. I was 3 years old when my family was forced to leave their lives and possessions behind and move to the UK. What emerged from my research can be seen in this fragmented photo-text sequence: objects from dusty storage and extracts from long forgotten anecdotes. As time advances these stories and images move out of the personal and collective consciousness and move into the public realm of ethnographic colonial histories.