Voices of African Photography is a 10-part series presented in partnership with the African Photojournalism Database, a joint project of Everyday Africa and World Press Photo, to highlight the work of 10 African photographers and photojournalists.
When Francis Kokoroko starts work on a new photo project, he always seeks “our shared humanity,” he tells In Sight. “The tenacity of humans to deal with complex and sometimes unbearable living conditions amazes me.”
Kokoroko is from Ghana, and in recent months, he’s been looking for the human perspective he often seeks in his work by focusing on his own country — and more particularly its capital, Accra. His ongoing project, “Accra’s Growing Middle Class,” looks at how people interact with each other in society.
“The issue of class is a big thing in Accra,” Kokoroko said. “From how people perceive you when you choose a means of public transportation, to how people treat you with added respect when you wear a suit.”
Through his images, Kokoroko is attempting to look at what defines the city’s middle class, trying to offer a depiction that goes beyond the superficial definition of the term. The project, he says, seeks to expose the widening gap between the rich and the poor in the city, and “shed light on our human need to live in dignity.”
Kokoroko got his start in photography in college, when he stumbled upon the art form while studying computer sciences. “Since then, my curiosity to understand this medium has always been roving,” he says. “I quit my software job two years after college to pursue this interest full-time.”
For the Ghanaian photographer, the ultimate goal is to stimulate conversations through the work. “Talking about — and as such, recognizing — an issue is always the first step to bringing about societal change,” he tells In Sight, “a process, I believe, photographers and other artists play an important role in."
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