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Olivier Asselin October 27, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ghana.

Ghana, 2008

Olivier Asselin is an award-winning Canadian photographer based in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. His work has appeared in major newspapers and magazines worldwide including: TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Nouvel Observateur, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, and The Washington Post among others. His awards include: PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris The Human Condition Photo Contest, 2008. Gordon Parks International Photo Contest Winner, Third Place IX Luis Valtueña Award for Humanitarian Photography, 2007. In October 2006, he attended the Eddie Adams Workshop.

About the Photograph:

“David Amuzu, 12, sits among his classmates in school in the town of Amasaman, Ghana. “I can’t see what the teacher is writing on the blackboard”, he says. The pigment that gives skin its color – called melanin – is also a key element in the development of the eye. Because of the absence of melanin, most people with albinism have poor eyesight, especially from a distance. Regarding the challenges of photographing in Ghana I feel that here, the only way to get access to anything is to go through someone who has credibility with the people you want to reach.”

It’s well worth checking out the audio slide show  about the Albinism in Ghana that Olivier made on this story.


1. florian r. - October 27, 2008


let me first tell you that i find verve the most interesting photoblog on the whole web. one of the reasons is obvious: i want to become a photojournalist. but there is one thing i am really mising here: some remarks on how these great photographers get access. in this entry there is a short remark about it, but, well, this is how i imagined it anyway. i see that your blog doesnt have the intention to be a learning rather than a looking ressource, but still i wished for some more background information. the questions of access, ethical considerations, how to get started, the life of a phjo would be some very interesting point for me. hope i didnt bore you, be assured the matter here stuns me every second day! best wishes from Vienna, fr.

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