Nyani Quarmyne

Dsseldorf, 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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Georgia’s Tusheti region, famous for its cheese and wool, lies in one of the most inaccessible parts of the Caucasus mountains.

Visiting a group of villages east of Accra in Ghana, the country his father grew up in, Nyani Quarmyne witnessed the effects of climate change first hand.

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

Through images and stories from 20 countries, across every continent, a collaboration between Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and Panos Pictures shows the importance of adequate sanitation for women and girls.

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