Philip Kwame Apagya
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Life and career
Born in Sekondi, Ghana, Philip Kwame 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.
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, among other venues. 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
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