Peter DiCampo: In Ghana, nights without light
Peter DiCampo is an American photographer who divides his time between Africa and the Americas. He launched his freelance career in 2007 while also serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Ghana. There, his began shooting photos for his series “Life Without Lights,” which focuses on nighttime in areas of Ghana without electricity. This work won him the “body of work” prize in the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Awards, garnering him a solo exhibition in London.
From DiCampo’s website:
Year-round in Ghana, the sun sets at 6 p.m. and rises at 6 a.m. – thus, the residents of communities lacking electricity live half of their lives in the dark. More than 10 years ago, the government of Ghana began a massive campaign to provide the country’s rural north with electricity, but the project ceased almost immediately after it began. The work sluggishly resumes during election years, as candidates attempt to garner popularity and votes. But at present, an estimated 73 percent of villages remain without electricity in the neglected north – an area comprising 40 percent of the country.
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