In the spring of 2006, six New Hampshire based photographers, inspired by the work of renowned American photographer, Paul Strand, journeyed to Ghana to document that country on the eve of its fiftieth anniversary of independence. In 1963, Strand traveled extensively throughout Ghana, documenting its early days of independence, at the request of Kwame Nkrumah, the country’s first president. Strand’s book, Ghana: An African Portrait, was published in 1976, a year after his death.
The work of these six photographers; Peter Randall, Nancy Grace Horton, Barbara Bickford, Gary Samson, Charter Weeks, and Tim Gaudreau, was published in a book titled, Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited in 2007. Their efforts were coordinated by Randall, who had long envisioned this project. The colorful portrait of a vibrant and beautiful nation, the first sub-Saharan colony to become independent, celebrates the spirit of its people and culture; the joys, traditions, the daily nuances of their lives; as well as the melding of old ways and new as Ghana embraces its future in the 21st century.
We are proud to present an exhibition of 42 photographs from the book. A companion exhibit of Ghanaian art and artifacts will coincide at The Museum of African Culture, 13 Brown St., (207) 871-7188.
Artists’ Talk and visual presentation, with reception, Saturday, March 20th,
2 – 4:30 p.m., plus a special performance, with mask, by Oscar Mokeme of the Museum of African Culture
Location for exhibit and presentation:
A FINE THING: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts
29 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME. 04101 (207) 699-2919