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Karl Banchet June 3, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ghana.
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Boxing in Accra , Ghana 2005

Karl Blanchet is a freelance photographer based in London. Through his work, Karl tries to tell the stories of people who have something to say and bring attention to humanitarian issues. Karl is an active member of the international collective of photographers Luna. Karl’s images are distributed by the agencies Visum in Germany, Zuma in the US, INA in the Nordic countries and Contrasto in Italy.

About the Photograph:

Accra’s old quarter, Jamestown, is home to 21 boxing clubs. Every evening, courtyards and old houses are transformed into training rings for young men, ages 16 to 22. The young boxers dream of becoming great champions who will fight in the US or the UK. They see boxing as their one shot to become rich and famous, and they hope to follow in the footsteps of the great Ghanaian boxers who have achieved international stardom. But the path to boxing glory is still very long.

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