Nyani Quarmyne

Dusseldorf, Germany


Ghanaian/Australian, 1973

Nyani is a self-taught photographer who refers to himself as a 'hybridised African' having been born in India to a Ghanaian father and Filipino mother and having lived in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Canada, Australia, the USA, Ghana and Germany in addition to the countries where his work and his travels have taken him. His work hinges on the sameness he sees in all of us.

Presently based in Düsseldorf, Germany, Nyani has undertaken assignments internationally for a wide variety of NGOs, corporate and editorial clients. His current personal interests include the living conditions and care arrangements of the mentally ill, the expression of faith in all its forms, and the Sahel region.

Nyani’s work has been exhibited in Australia, various European countries, North America and West Africa. He is a past winner of the European Union Prize at the Rencontres de Bamako Pan-African Photography Biennial, and a finalist for the Australian National Photographic Portrait Prize.

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The Songor lagoon, 80 km east of Ghana’s capital Accra, is the source of some 150,000 to 200,000 tonnes of salt a year.

140,000 people die worldwide from snakebites every year.

Grace Kudzu has sickle cell disease, a genetic disorder that makes her red blood cells sickle-shaped and rigid, rather than the usual flexible doughnut form.

The region of Tusheti, spread across the peaks and valleys of the Caucasus Mountains in northeastern Georgia, is all but cut off from the outside world for seven months of the year.

She was shielding her eyes from the sun, a lone Orthodox nun, framed by the blades of the helicopter’s rotors against snow-capped mountains and a flawless blue sky.

Coastal and riverine erosion are not new phenomena on the Ghana coast.

The toilet a small but fundamental part of every-day life, wherever you live in the world.

In collaboration with Panos Pictures and the World Photography Organisation (WPO), Sony’s Global Imaging Ambassadors (SGIA) present a nine-month social documentary initiative called FutureofCities.