Biografische Notiz
PHILIP KWAME APAGYA

Biography
Philip Kwame Apagya was born in Sekondi (Ghana) in 1958.
After a period of apprenticeship in his father’s studio, Apagya works for years as itinerant
photographer in Ivory Coast. After his graduation in photojournalism at the Ghana Institute of
Journalism in Accra, he starts his own studio (PK’s Normal Photo Studio) in Shama (Ghana),
in 1982.

Ausstellungen
1997
„Das Gesicht Afrikas“. Group Exhibit, Hamburg, Pressehaus Geo Gruner + Jahr (November -
December 1997).

1998
„Snap me one! Studiofotografen Afrika“. Group Exhibit, München, Münchner Stadtmuseum
(September 1998 - January 1999).
„3émes Rencontres de la photographie africaine“. Group Exhibit, Bamako, Mali (December 1998).

1999
„Africa by Africa. A photographic View“. Group Exhibit, Barbican Art Gallery, London (January -
arch 1999)
„Snap me one! Studiofotografen in Afrika“. Mönchengladbach, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg
(January - April 1999) and Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth (June - August 1999).
„Magazin Photo Nacht“, Group Exhibit, Züricher „Tagesanzeiger“, Xtra-Limmat-Haus, Zürich
(March 1999).
„Retour de Bamako“, Group Exhibit, Galleries FNAC, Paris (March-April 1999) and Galleries
FNAC, Barcelona (June-July 1999).
Fiera di Venezia, Group Exhibit, Venedig, Alliance Francaise (September 1999).
Fiesta du Sud, Single Exhibit, Marseille (October 1999).
Swedish Photo Fair. Single Exhibit, Göteborg (October 1999).
Festival des trois continents, , Nantes, Frankreich (November 1999).

2000
Porträt Afrika. Group Exhibit, Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (January-March 2000).
Philip Kwame Apagya. Portraits. Single Exhibit, Galerie Forma Libera, Turin (February-March
2000).
Philip Kwame Apagya. Disegni Animati. Single Exhibit, Galerie Louisa delle Piane, Mailand
(February 2000).
Expressions africaines. Group Exhibit, Rennes, Frankreich, Maison International (February 2000).
Studio Apagya. Single Exhibit, Cannes, Centre national de la cinématographie (CNC), 50.
Internationalen Film Festivals (May 2000).
African Photographers. Group Exhibit, Antwerpen, 51 Art Gallery - Roger Smulewizc
(September-October 2000).
Snap me one! Studio Photographers in Africa. Group Ehibit, Amsterdam, Tropenmuseum
(June 2000 - February 2001).
Africainside. Group Exhibit, Groningen, Fries Museum, Noorderlicht-Festival (September 2000).

2001
Flash Afrique. Group Exhibit, Wien, Kunsthalle Wien (September- November 2001).
The Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color photography award winners 2000, Boston University, MA, USA
(September 2001).
The Vibrant Art of Ghana, Group Exhibit, Den Haag (September 2001 - January 2002).
Philip Kwame Apagya. Photographer og imagined worlds. Gemeentemuseum The Hague
(September - January 2001(2002)
Abbild/Depiction. Group Exhibition, Steirischer Herbst, Graz (October- December 2001).

2002
Flash Afrique, Group Exhibit, Düsseldorf, Kunstforum Nordrhein-Westfalen (February - April 2002)
2002 Philip Kwame Apagya. Single Exhibit, Galerie Schuebbe, Düsseldorf (February - March
2002).
2002 Apagya Portraits. Single Exhibit, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth (February - March 2002)
Berlin Portraits by Philip Kwame Apagya. Single Exhibit Goethe-Institut, Accra and Ghana
National Museum, Accra (November-December 2002).
Philip Kwame Apagya. Single Exhibit, Alliance Francaise, Bahia, (December 2002)
IbridAAfricA, hybrid Africa, Group Exhibit, Cagliari Lazzaretto Sant’Elia, (April - June 2002)
NoBorder, Group Exhibit, Museo della città di Ravenna, (November - December 2002)
Afrikanische Reklamekunst, Group Exhibit, Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth (October - February,
Stadtmuseum München, (March - June 2003)

2003
Philip Kwame Apagya, Freiburger Film Forum, (Juli 2003)
Philip Kwame Apagya, Single Exhibit, Galerie Stähli, Zürich (August - September 2003)
In faccia al mondo - il ritratto contemporaneo nel medium fotografico, Group Exhibit,
Museo d’arte contemporaneo di Villa Croce, Genova, (September - October 2003)
The Office, Group Exhibit, The Photographers Gallery, London, (November - December 2003)
The Public View, Pentagram, London (November - December 2003)

2004
Jack Shainman Gallery, New York Single Exhibit (December 2003-January 2004)
Festival Couleur Café, Group Exhibit, Brusseles (June – Juli)
Forthcoming: Wiesbadener Fototage

Catalouges
Snap me one! Studiofotografen in Afrika. München: Prestel 1998.
Anthologie de la photographie africaine et de l’océan Indian. Paris: Editions Revue Noire 1998.
Zoo, Issue 2. London 1999
Porträt Afrika. Photographische Positionen eines Jahrhunderts. Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der
Welt 2000.
Africainside. Groningen: Noorderlicht 2000.
Flash Afrique. Fotografie aus Westafrika. Wien: Kunsthalle Wien und Steidl Verlag 2001.
Abbild. Recent Portraiture and Depiction. Steirischer Herbst 2001. Wien/New York: Springer 2001.
ibridAAfricA, Africa hybrid, Cagliari Lazzaretto Sant’Elia, Rom, Gangemi Edition, 2002
NoBorder, Museo della citta die Ravenna, Rom 2002.

More is to be found in Geo (Hamburg), Art (Hamburg), Nest (New York), Elle Decoration (Paris),
Vogue (Mailand), Amica (Mailand). Etro (Mailand), Io Donna (Mailand) und Jalouse (Paris).

Collections
The works of Philip Kwame Apagya were bought by numerous museums, galleries and private
collectors. They are included in the Gianni Pavesi Collection (Turin), the Pigozzi Collection (Genf)
and the Oetker Collection (Berlin), The Studio Museum, New York.

Awards
2000 Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Award 1999-2000. The Photographic Resource
Centre at Boston University, Boston, MA, USA.

Documentaries, Films
Philip Kwame Apagya is the main protagonist of the dokumentary „Future Remembrance -
Photography and Image Arts in Ghana“, by Tobias Wendl and Nancy du Plessis (1998, 54 min.).
His works are also shown in Kay Touré’s film „Ja taa - prendre l’image“ (1999, 52 min) and in
„Dr. Clic Clac“ by Gilbert Kellner (2001, 52 min.) for TV3 (France).