The significance of photographic studios in West Africa

Introduction

The photo below was taken in 1980, at ‘Keita’s Photo Studio’, which is owned by a family friend who used to take pictures of my dad and his siblings for free. In this shot he is posing, slightly smiling, looking to the right of the camera — he is roughly 17 years old here. I’m almost 10 years older than the boy in this image. Photos like this have prompted me to research photographic studios in West Africa are a series of images of my dad taken at a photo studio in Koidu Town, the capital of the Kono district in the…