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“How Photography Became Therapeutic and Saved me From a Sad Place” - Ismaila Rufai


Art has always been therapeutic, but only a few discover it, and it’s often unexpected, but when the discovery happens, it unleashes an artist from within. One such artist is Ismaila Rufai of Kingsville Visuals.

“Photography started for me as a joke. I didn’t know I’d be doing photography not until after it saved me from a sad place. It shined its light on me in 2018, but I discovered my niche in 2020.”

Ismaila Rufai who created Kingsvillevisuals gallery, is an Abuja-based photographer in Nigeria who enjoys taking pictures of the melanin skin; his work features the inclusivity of people with albinism. 

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