Sunday, 9 February 2014

Photography: 60's Ghana by Paul Strand

Afe Negble, Asenema, Ghana 1964 by Paul Strand


Anna Attinga Frafra, Accra, Ghana, 1964 by Paul Strand


Chief Apiakusi II, Bodwease, Ghana by Paul Strand

Boys at Cape Coast, Ghana, 1963 by Paul Strand (

Samali Weanabah, 1963, by Paul Strand Ghana: An African Portrait (

"Ghana. An African Portrait by the American photographer Paul Strand was published in 1963 at the request of Kwame Nkrumah. It became a classic but is now out of print. Over 40 years after that landmark work, and coinciding with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Ghana's independence, the country is documented again as it enters the 21st century. Six photographers with six points of view of working present a unique portrait of the country, through 150 photographs. From Accra to Bolatanga, and Elmina to Aflao, these are images of a country that is changing yet still retains much of its traditional character.

There are photographs of bead makers, wood carvers, kente weavers and coffin makers; and of Ghana's unique fishing industry, its historic slave forts, outdoor markets, and the diverse religious community. And at the same time, a country poised to compete in world markets is seen through Accra's rising skyline buildings and Tema's modern port facilities. Abena Busia's essay provides a capsule history of the country." Amazon
"Strand chose these ninety-three pictures to celebrate a country freed from colonization. Today they serve as a glorious memorial to one of the giants in twentieth century photography." Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune.

Paulina says: Touted as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Paul Strand is uber new to La Ghana Rising Blog's radar but we are already fans of his work especially those iconic black & white photos taken in Ghana at the request of our founding father, the late great Kwame Nkrumah in the 60's.....

The above beautiful photographs are taken from a tome called 'Ghana : an African portrait. Photographs by Paul Strand' and can be purchased from: -I want to see more images taken in Ghana by Paul Strand -don't you???

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A documentary about Paul Strand, one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century
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1 comment:

  1. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is having a big Paul Strand retrospective in October, featuring the Ghana images. I can't find your email address, but please contact kristina (dot) garcia (at) philamuseum (dot) org if you're interested in more information.