Life by means of an iPhone lens

The oversaturated images of Prince Gyasi are the kind that stop people. Most of his work, photographed in his hometown of Accra, Ghana, focuses on graphic compositions and enhanced hues that turn to the fantastic. Perhaps most surprising of all is the fact that those vivid images often seen in people who are in the middle of scrolling a phone are created from the same medium.

Gyasi's use of an iPhone – and before that a Blackberry and a Pantech – was born for practical reasons, allowing him to easily photograph his musician and rapper friends and the life around him in Accra. "It was so easy to just create, and I was just a high school boy who didn't have that much money to get a camera at that moment," he says. He believes his choice of camera also helped set him apart from other artists. “Even when I had the money to buy a camera, which I did, the iPhone was still unique at that time. Everyone did the same thing. "

Gyasi shouldn't have worried as his work is unmistakable. He seeks color in the spaces around him, which he then intensifies to create remarkable combinations of hues. His eye-catching design and use of color has earned him contracts from Apple in the form of A Great Day in Accra in 2018, which featured the local Hiplife music scene, and more recently, GQ for his cover story with Lagos star Burna Boy Earlier this year – all at the age of 23.


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