Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Special Review

An African Portrait Revisited
Peter E. Randall, Publisher & Photographer
Documentary Photography, full color, cloth with jacket
10.25" x 10.25", 168 pages, 2007
ISBN: 978-1931807579

An African Portrait Revisited
On July 10-11, President Obama will visit Ghana on his first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa. For those who wish they could tag along on the President's historic visit, award-winning photographer and editor Peter Randall's lush book, Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited offers a vivid virtual tour of the West African nation.

In the spring of 2006, inspired by the work of master American photographer/film maker Paul Strand, Randall invited five fellow photographers to journey with him to Ghana - to document the country on the eve of its fiftieth anniversary of independence. The result is a stunning portrait that documents that nation Obama's administration refers to as "one of our most trusted partners in sub-Saharan Africa."

Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited has been recognized by "Shutterbug Magazine" as one of the top photography books of 2008. Ghana was also one of three finalists in the coffee table/large format category for a 2008 Benjamin Franklin Award given by the Publisher's Marketing Association, now the Independent Book Publishers of America.

More than 150 full-color photographs juxtapose Ghana's traditional character with its entry into the competitive global marketplace, with images ranging from bead makers and wood carvers, to Accra's urban skyline and Tema's modern port facilities. Ghanian poetry and commentary gives depth and perspective to this beautiful and timely book, with a featured essay by poet and scholar Abena P.A. Busia, daughter of a former Ghanian prime minister and faculty member of Rutgers University.

Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited captures the color, warmth, and vitality of contemporary Ghana. In the words of Minister of Tourism J.O. Obetsebi-Lamptey, Randall's book "gently exposes Africa's best-kept tourism secret with such art that you will be tempted to visit and see for yourself." -Skye Wentworth

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