© Shemelis Desta / Autograph ABP, 1965, The City Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
HIM Haile Selassie I, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh listen to a speech by the Mayor of Addis Ababa.
Shemelis Desta was appointed as official court photographer for Emperor Haille Selassie I in the early 1960s. His photographs document significant events and meetings during the Emperor’s reign, such as his coverage of the inaugural conference of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which took place in Addis Ababa in 1963. Following the 1974 military coup and subsequent deposition of the Emperor, Desta continued to record government activity under the rule of the military dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam. (+)
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