The Biggest Photo Library In Africa Just Opened Up In Ghana

The largest photography library in Africa has opened in Accra, Ghana. The library, also dubbed “Dikan Gallery,” highlights the creativity of some of the most gifted artisans on the continent, as well as other vintage artists who created art years ago.

The center was founded by Paul Ninson, a Ghanaian photographer and film-maker. Dikan Center, is described as Africa’s premium art curator, and the first of its kind in Ghana. Currently, the Gallery houses over 30,000 books sourced by Ninson, who started collecting artistic items years ago. The space contains a photo studio and classrooms to provide access to artistic workshops, as well as an exhibition space that will host regular shows.

According to The Guardian, Ninson began to nurture the idea of a photo gallery, and collecting photography books while he was still in the School of the International Center of Photography in New York. He told The Guardian that at first, he collected photos as a way to share ideas with other photographers in Ghana, but as his collection grew, he realized that the idea had the potential to expand and become something much more impactful.

“I started buying African photo books, with the idea of sharing them with young photographers back home, but as my collection grew, it dawned on me that I could create a library dedicated to photography and visual education, so I started reaching out to booksellers for donations. I also received donations from private galleries and collectors,” Ninson said.


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