Nii Obodai


Francis Nii Obodai Provencal is a photographer and an artist born in Accra, Ghana. 

His photography explores the intricate relationships within urban and rural culture, focusing on the dynamic interplay of environment and spirituality while telling the stories of the people he connects with. Working mainly in large-format black and white film, Nii's photography serves as a medium for documenting and celebrating the unseen and alluring perspectives of Africa. His profound interest in how the past is remembered is evident in his landscapes, portraits, and research into environmental and oral histories. Through his visual practice, he strives to communicate the profound connection between humanity and the environment.

In 1998, he co-founded Nuku CafĂ© in Accra, a vibrant space supporting contemporary artists to exhibit their work and connect with like-minded individuals in a social and encouraging environment. In addition, he is a founding member of the Accra-based Beyond Collective, established in 2012. 

In 2015, Nii founded Nuku Studio, offering support for both emerging and established photographers through research projects, collaborations, partnerships, exhibitions, publications, archiving, conservation activities, photographic debates, conferences, workshops, portfolio reviews, residencies, festivals, and more. Additionally, he is the co-director of The Photographic Collective.

His work has been exhibited widely, with recent exhibitions at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale and the Lagos Photo Festival.

World Press Photo Involvement:
2024 World Press Photo Contest Africa jury chair

Nii Obodai on social media:
Instagram: @nukustudio

Nii Obodai
Portrait credit: Theo Gould