Francis Kokoroko

Francis Kokoroko

Based
Accra, Ghana
Born
Koforidua, Ghana
Camera
Canon 5D Mark II
“I believe photojournalism is always going to thrive. There are more stories to be told.”

Beat

Everyday life, social issues.

One Shot

. Accra, GHANA. Reuters/Francis Kokoroko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
DJ Evans Mireku Kissi poses for a picture after a street performance in Jamestown, Accra.
“This photo represents a reflection of contemporary Africa. We are now freely sharing the continent’s everyday life stories in a way that wasn’t possible a few years ago.”

Profile

My earliest memory of photography is portraits of my mother and me, well dressed at events and after Sunday church services.

While studying for my bachelor’s degree in computer science, I took a photography course. This really opened me up to the wide possibilities of photography.

I was drawn to the immense power of visual storytelling. I watched friends pick up a camera and then move on to something else. As for me, I cannot just let go. Sometimes I wonder if you choose to become a photographer, or if photography chooses you!

My first major assignment was a 3-month research project on the use of mobile phone technology in urban and rural Ghana.

This project taught me more about going beyond the aesthetics of a photograph and, more importantly, telling the story.

The assignment that left the biggest mark on me was in northern Ghana. I saw children in a rural area unaware of their own potential, also how that potential can be realised if they are given access to education.

The fast pace of development in Africa is the story that excites me most. That’s inspiring and gives people the urge to keep going.

Photojournalism is important because it brings more clarity to a story.

Whenever I take pictures, I want to get the attention of anyone out there with an interest in Africa.

The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is to give priority to the story, not just show off technical skills and an artistic perspective.

The person I most respect is Patrick Awuah, founder of Ashesi University College. He is my ideal example of a progressive African, giving more to the continent than he takes from it.