Francis Kokoroko: Documenting life as it goes

Ghanaian photographer Francis Kokoroko creates images that reflect his understanding of the world.

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For Ghanaian photographer Francis Kokoroko the emotion in the picture is the most important thing. He uses his images to communicate how he feels about a certain issue. There is always a personal message in the photographs and Kokoroko is essentially a storyteller, sharing his view of life in Ghana. 

Kokoroko studied computer science, but had discovered photography back in school. His love for the medium never faded. 

“Currently I’m documenting life as it goes,” he says. His Instagram and Tumblr pages feature images of captured moments from daily life in Accra – street photography, images of friends and fellow creatives, and of the growing young culture-creators scene. However, Kokoroko has also created a number of photographic series including The Drone Scrap Program, which turns the clock to Ghana in the year 2054 and looks at the effect of technology on the country. 

Kokoroko is optimistic about how young creatives can disrupt the status quo without being tied down by bureaucracy and corruption. Photographers, for example, no longer need galleries to put their work out there. The Drone Scrap Program was exhibited entirely on social media. 

“We decided we are not going to give this to any hour, we are just going to publish it ourselves,” he explains, “and whoever finds it, finds it. So for us it is about sharing our own work.”