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Inside Ghana-Based Artist Prince Gyasi's Electric and Colorful World

The Ghanaian photographer uses his hometown of Accra as the backdrop for his vivid iPhone photographs.
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VICTORY HAS A HUNDRED FATHERS BUT DEFEAT IS AN ORPHAN, "CARE/LOVE," 2018

It’s hard to believe that the photographs taken by Ghana-born, Accra-based artist Prince Gyasi begin as images snapped on his iPhone. Or, maybe it’s not. After all, the likes of David Hockney and Tracey Emin have fully embraced Apple technology as an artistic medium. Working with models and subjects he meets on the streets in Accra, Gyasi transforms his raw images into colorful, electric mise-en-scènes. They are chromatically saturated, yet visually paired-back meditations.

At only 23 years old, Gyasi’s images have already caught the attention of some very big names. He recently partnered with Apple to create his series, “A Great Day in Accra,” shot on location in the capital’s Independence Square where, in 1957, the nation’s leader Kwame Nkrumah declared its independence to a crowd that included Martin Luther King Jr. In addition, Gyasi exhibited his work with Paris-based Nil gallery at the 2018 Art Basel Miami. Oh, and let’s not forget his collaboration with Puma as a contributing creative director. Suffice it to say, for Gyasi, the future is definitely looking colorful.

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LEFT: WOMAN, "THE WOMAN SERIES," 2018 / RIGHT: IT TAKES TIME! "PATIENCE & PURPOSE SERIES," 2018
TRIUMPH, "PHASES SERIES," 2018.

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