Philip Kwame Apagya
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Life and career
Born in Sekondi, Apagya was the son of a photographer, and apprenticed in his father's studio as a boy. He studied photojournalism at the Accra School of Journalism before opening his own studio in Shama, on Ghana's west coast, in 1982. He is known today for his studio portraits made using brightly colored backdrops.
Philip Kwame Apagya's works have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Sheldon Art Galleries in Nebraska, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to name a few. His photographs are in many collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
- 2005: Rena Branston Gallery, San Francisco
- 2004: Recent Photographs, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
- 2003: Philip Kwame Apagya, Galerie Stähli, Zürich, Germany
- 2002: Philip Kwame Apagya, Galerie Schuebbe, Düsseldorf, Germany
- 2002: Apagya Portraits, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth
- 2002: Berlin Portraits by Philip Kwame Apagya, Goethe-Institut, Accra and Ghana National Museum, Accra
- 2002: Philip Kwame Apagya, Alliance Francaise, Bahia
- 2000: Philip Kwame Apagya Portraits, Galerie Forma Libera, Turin, Italy
- 2000: Philip Kwame Apagya, Disegni Animati, Galerie Louisa delle Piane, Mailand
- 2011: Breaking News - Fotografia contemporanea da Medio Oriente e Africa, Ex Ospedale Sant’Agostino, Modena, Italy
- 2007: Manifest, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
- 2006: The Whole World is Rotten, The Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
- 2006: Joint Venture, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
- 2005: Earth and Memory: African and African-American Photograph, Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
- 2005: Arts of Africa, The Contemporary African Art Collection, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, France
- 2005: African Art Now : Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Museum of Fine Art Houston, USA
- 2004: Horizons, Voices from Global Africa, Museum of World Culture, Sweden
- 2004: Manufactured Self, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
- 2004: Image and Identity: Portraits by Philip Kwame Apagya, Samuel Fosso, Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibe, The Sheldon Art Galleries, Saint Louis, MO
- 2004: African Art, African Voices, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
- 2004: When?, Clifford Chance, New York, NY
- 2004: Staged Realities: The Studio in African Photography 1870-2004, Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa
- 2003: Philip Kwame Apagya, Freiburger Film Forum
- 2003: In faccia al mondo - il ritratto contemporaneo nel medium fotografico, Museo d’arte contemporaneo di Villa Croce, Genova
- 2003: The Office, The Photographers Gallery, London, United Kingdom
- 2003: The Public View, Pentagram, London, United Kingdom
- 2002: Flash Afrique, Düsseldorf, Kunstforum Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
- 2002: IbridAAfricA, hybrid Africa, Cagliari Lazzaretto Sant’Elia
- 2002: NoBorder, Museo della città di Ravenna
- 2001: Flash Afrique, Wien, Kunsthalle Wien
- 2001: The Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color photography award winners 2000, Boston University
- 2001: The Vibrant Art of Ghana, Den Haag
- 2001: Philip Kwame Apagya. Photographer of imagined worlds. Gemeene Museum The Hague
- 2001: Abbild/Depiction, Steirischer Herbst, Graz
- 2000: "Porträt Afrika", Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
- 2000: "Expressions africaines", Rennes, Frankreich, Maison International
- 2000: "African Photographers", Antwerpen, 51 Art Gallery - Roger Smulewizc
- 2000: "Snap me one!" Studio Photographers in Africa, Amsterdam, Tropenmuseum
- 2000: "Africainside", Groningen, Fries Museum, Noorderlicht-Festival
- 1999: "Africa by Africa. A photographic View", Barbican Art Gallery, London
- 1999: "Snap me one!" Studiofotografen in Afrika, Mönchengladbach, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg and Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth
- 1999: Magazin Photo Nacht, Züricher Tagesanzeiger Xtra-Limmat-Haus, Zürich
- 1999: Retour de Bamako, Galleries FNAC, Paris and Galleries FNAC, Barcelona, Spain
- 1999: Fiera di Venezia, Venedig, Alliance Francaise
- 1999: Fiesta du Sud, Single Exhibit, Marseille, France
- 1999: Festival des trois continents, Nantes, Frankreich
- 1998: "Snap me one!" Studiofotografen Afrika, München, Münchner Stadtmuseum
- 1998: 3émes Rencontres de la photographie africaine, Bamako, Mali
- 1997: Das Gesicht Afrikas, Hamburg, Pressehaus Geo Gruner + Jahr
- "Philip K. Apagya: Aspirational backgrounds in studio portraiture", Luminous-Lint.
- Philip Kwame Apagya biography, Contemporary African Art Collection.
- "Philip Kwame Apagya" bio, the National Museum of African Art.
- Amy Griffin, "Exhibition offers a fresh, complex view of Africa", Times Union, 6 April 2012.
- Contemporary African Art Collection by Jean Pigozzi/
- Philip K. Apagya page at Fifty One.
- Jack Shainman Gallery
- Paintings and bio from The Contemporary African Art Collection
- Russ Crest, "Philip Kwame Apagya’s Aspirational Living", MutualArt.com, 20 June 2011.
- "Philip Kwame Apagya - fascinating images from the realms of commercial studio portraiture", DesignBoom, February 2001.