Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited

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On the week of President Obama's first official trip to Ghana (July 10-11), award-winning photographer and publisher Peter E. Randall's lush book, Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited, offers up 150 photographs to view during this historic moment in time, remembering Ghana's past and traditions, while looking ahead for the future.

President Obama will make his first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa this week, July 10-11, spending two days in Ghana with his wife, Michelle. For those who wish they could tag along on the President's historic visit, award-winning photographer and editor Peter Randall's lush book, Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited offers a vivid virtual tour of the West African nation.

In the spring of 2006, inspired by the work of master American photographer/film maker Paul Strand, Randall invited five fellow photographers to journey with him to Ghana -- to document the country on the eve of its fiftieth anniversary of independence. The result is a stunning portrait that documents that nation Obama's administration refers to as "one of our most trusted partners in sub-Saharan Africa."

More than 150 full-color photographs juxtapose Ghana's traditional character with its entry into the competitive global marketplace, with images ranging from bead makers and wood carvers, to Accra's urban skyline and Tema's modern port facilities. Ghanian poetry and commentary gives depth and perspective to this beautiful and timely book, with a featured essay by poet and scholar Abena P.A. Busia, daughter of a former Ghanian prime minister and faculty member of Rutgers University.

Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited captures the color, warmth, and vitality of contemporary Ghana. In the words of Minister of Tourism J.O. Obetsebi-Lamptey, Randall's book "gently exposes Africa's best-kept tourism secret with such art that you will be tempted to visit and see for yourself."

Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited (Peter E. Randall Publisher LLC, ISBN 978-1931807579, Documentary Photography, full color, cloth with jacket, 10.25" x 10.25", 168 pages, 2007, $40.) can be purchased directly from the publisher, at, or from your favorite online bookstore.

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