Nuku Studio. The studio facilitates an annual workshop program for photographers and offers photographic project management support. The goal of the workshop is to develop photographic knowledge and skills, creativity, visual literacy and better communication. The workshop is open to local and international participants. We are supporting a diverse range of photographers. Their works range from the commercial, photojournalism, fine arts and documentary.
Amilton Neves Cuna is a professional photographer based in Mozambique whose work examines contemporary societal issues using storytelling and documentary techniques. His past and current projects focus on addressing perceptions of individuals who find themselves at the margins of society through narratives of empowerment while preserving often forgotten aspects of our modern history.
Cuna has participated in training courses at the Sooke Photography School in Canada and Nuku Studio in Ghana, and has been prominently featured several times at the Franco Moçambicano Cultural Center. His work has been exhibited in Mozambique, Ghana, Portugal, Brazil, and Canada. In addition to pursuing his independent projects, Cuna also works as a freelance documentary photographer throughout Africa.
Madrinhas de Guerra
“Madrinhas de Guerra” or “Godmothers of War” is a project that tells the story of the Mozambican women who took part in the National Women’s Movement from 1961-1974. These women were sponsored by the Portuguese government to provide moral support to the soldiers fighting on the frontlines during the Mozambican War of Independence. Through letter writing campaigns to soldiers – many of whom they never actually met – the Madrinhas de Guerra played a critical role in the psychological support to the colonial armed forces. Some Madrinhas went so far as to meet and regularly visit the soldiers to whom they wrote letters, developing deep relationships sometimes leading to promises of marriage when the young men returned at the end of the war. In exchange for their support during the war, many of these women were rewarded with influential positions in society and the upper classes and some were even given houses by the Portuguese government.
In 1974, when the War of Independence ended with a ceasefire agreement between the Mozambican FRELIMO forces and the Portuguese government, the National Women’s Movement officially ended. However, the Madrinhas de Guerra were ostracized within Mozambican society for their role in supporting the colonial forces. The Madrinhas de Guerra project by Amilton Neves reflects on this very important – but often forgotten – piece of history in Mozambique by visiting the homes of the Madrinhas de Guerra who still live in Maputo today and embody the past of the opulence experienced during the support of the Portuguese government and the subsequent marginalization felt after independence.
Eric Gyamfi was born in Ghana, West Africa, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Information Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon. Gyamfi further trained at the Nuku Studio master classes and is mentored by photographers Nii Obodai and James Barnor.
Gyamfi’s work is mainly in the medium of photography. Currently living and working in Ghana, his work predominantly consists of self-portraits, usually shot in monochrome, and various portrait series’ that comments on his country’s continual transition to modernity in the light of its traditions and customs and the people caught therein.
People migrate from rural Ghana to the cities in search of better jobs and standard of living all the time. Housing, then, becomes a major obstacle for these people. Those with relatives already living in the cities, in some cases, can have temporary accommodation till the can find their own place. For those without, improvisation becomes important.
Landowners and soon-to-be home owners in the process of constructing their buildings, most often assign caretakers, preferably people who won’t require monetary compensation, to take charge in their absence. The caretakers are primarily needed to prevent the theft of building materials and in some cases to prevent the land from being fraudulently sold to another party. This situation presents a rare opportunity for rural migrants to secure temporary accommodation within these structures that are still being built. As the structures near completion, however, these urban nomads are left looking for new structures to inhabit, until that too is completed. The cycle continues until the urban nomad is able to afford his own accommodations without the strings that come with being a pseudo caretaker.
This series is an ongoing inquiry into the lives of these city nomads or “floating population”, through an exploration of the nature of the spaces they inhabit.
Francis Kokoroko is currently exploring the field of photography as a creative and a photojournalist. He has a keen interest in documenting the ever evolving culture and everyday life on the Africa continent. Presently living in Accra, Ghana, Kokoroko's works span across West Africa.
Accra Photo Journal 2012 - 2016
The Accra Photo Journal is an ongoing digital collection of everyday photographic encounters. These encounters are at times personal. I record these images as a recollection of familiar yet vague memories of scenes and experiences.
Also, these photos are a conscious effort towards reimagining the photographic aesthetic that has come to be associated with views of the African continent. The Journal, without a pre-planned agenda, casually documents these encounters through photographs and captions.
This presentation is a selection of images from The Journal that looks at the complexities of life in Ghana.
Francis Nii Obodai was born – and is currently based – in Accra, Ghana. Obodai’s work explores our expansive relationship with aspects of urban and rural culture, and the environment. His camera is not a detached eye, but a tool for conscious expression of self-discovery: both on his part and for others involved in front of his lens or, part of the audience seeing his work. Obodai has exhibited widely. He is also the founder of Nuku Studio which facilitates an annual workshop program for photographers and offers photographic project management support. The goal of the workshop is to develop photographic knowledge and skills, creativity, visual literacy and better communication. Obodai is a founding member of the Accra based, Beyond Collective (Established 2012).
Zetaheal, is the spiritual home for Muslims and Christians who worship together; believing they share a common ancestry with the biblical house of Abraham, they peacefully worship the same Creator. Since the establishment o f the community in 1974, the members have built a temple and communicate with angels who send them guidance.
When I began this project I didn’t want to just focus on the two religions. Rather, I wanted to show the energy they create when in harmony. Through these photographs my interest in the community hs began to show the energetic aesthetics of their spirituality by mutual engagement.
Zetaheal is founded and located in Accra.
This is a work in progress.