Peter DiCampo April 24, 2009Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ghana.
Children play in groundnut plants after helping their families harvest, Wantugu, Ghana, 2007
Peter DiCampo (b. 1984, USA) is an American photographer who divides his time between Africa and the United States. With the help of a grant from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, he is currently documenting Ghana’s Kayayo, a class of thousands of young girls who migrate from Ghana’s barren north to find work in southern cities. He launched his freelance career in 2007 while also serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ghana. He was a Staff Photographer at The Telegraph in Nashua, New Hampshire, and interned at VII Photo in Paris, Newsday in New York, and the Harvard University News Office. He holds a B.S. in Photojournalism from Boston University. He has received awards from the 2008 Editor and Publisher Photos of the Year Contest and the 2006 New England Press Association. His clients include TIME, The Christian Science Monitor, Jeune Afrique and The Boston Globe.
About the Photograph:
“This image is the result of a whole day spent harvesting groundnuts with women and children, and occasionally photographing them, outside of the village where I lived for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Looking at it reminds me of the limits of photography, and of storytelling in general – you stay in a place for so long that you no longer know how to tell its story. This is me, in between other photography projects and my Peace Corps work, going outside with a camera and trying to tell you about the place I lived in. It’s not enough – your soul can’t smile when you suddenly realize you can speak to people in their language, and your heart can’t break when the kid down the road falls ill and dies. You can’t breathe the dust or taste the shea fruit or hear the drumming in the night. Very few pictures have that power. All the same, here’s the tiniest glimpse of daily life in northern Ghana, a place that I once called home.”