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Seacoast Artists Ghana Gallery

Photo by Peter RandallA visual portrait of Ghana by six Seacoast photographers has moved from Portsmouth to Portland, Maine. If you missed it here, you must catch it there – and buy the book. SeacoastNH.com is proud to post a few samples from this powerful book of images (see below)

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March 5 –26
Porrtland, Maine  

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 country¹s first president. Strand¹s 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 (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.

Addison Woolley Gallery of Portland, ME., in collaboration with A FINE THING: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts, and the Museum of African Culture, both also located in Portland, is 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.

Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited
Photographs by Peter E. Randall, Nancy Grace Horton, Barbara Bickford, Gary Samson, Charter Weeks, and Tim Gaudreau
March 5 26, 2010
Opening Reception, Friday, March 5th from 5 8 p.m.

Artists¹ 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

Also on view at A Fine Thing: Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts Prints of the German Expressionists, March through April, 2010 Further information contact: Susan Porter at (207) 450-8499 or visit the web site

Ghana Photo Gallery
from Ghana, An African Portrait Revisited

Family, Jordan Nu, Ghana. Photograph by Charter Weeks, from Ghana, An African Portrait Revisited.

 Sara Kumi, Aburi, Ghana. Photograph by Gary Samson, from Ghana, An African Portrait Revisited.

Village scene, Esssueshyai, Ghana. Photograph by Nancy Grace Horton, from Ghana, An African Portrait Revisited

 Caretaker of the ancient baobab tree where slaves were tied in the sun as punishment at the slave market, Salaga, Ghana. Photograph by Tim Gaudreau, from Ghana, An African Portrait Revisited

Bus awaiting reconstruction. Kumasi, Ghana. Photograph by Barbara Bickford, from Ghana, An African Portrait Revisited.

 St. Georges Fort, where slaves were kept prior to shipment, Elmina, Ghana. Photograph by Peter Randall, from Ghana, An African Portrait Revisited

All images courtesy of and copyright to 
Ghana, An African Portrait Revisited/ Peter Randall, publisher

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