29 Jan Ed Suter | Sharp Sharp Ghana
Inspired by South Africa’s vibrant daily street life, photographer Ed Suter began a personal project shooting street style photographs of fashion, graphics and street art. This collection was published by Quivertree Publications in 2012 in a book called ‘Sharp Sharp’, showcasing the great style on the streets of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
Since publication Ed has wanted to expand the project to other African countries and got the opportunity in November last year. After photographs from “Sharp Sharp” were exhibited in Paris, Ed stopped off in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, on his way home to spend a week shooting on the streets there. He says, “Sharp Sharp was all about energy and colour and I was hoping to find that in even more intensity in Accra. The colours of the fabrics everywhere in Ghana were beautiful and intense, but they weren’t all I focussed on. I also photographed young boxers, hand painted signs and what felt like incongruous Soviet-style architecture. The work in Ghana became more about portraits on the streets rather than images shot in what has become typical street style, mostly due to the brightness of the light and quite a lot of clutter I wanted to avoid in the backgrounds.”
Ed hopes to continue the idea as Sharp Sharp Africa – featuring one country from south, west, east and north Africa – with an east African country on the wishlist for this year. As for the rest of this year, Ed says, “Sharp Sharp has been selected as a World Design Capital project and so I am thinking of how and where to hold an exhibition in Cape Town in 2014 as part of that. I also have a stand at Design Indaba next month so will be focussing on that first.”
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