Founded in 1922, Deo Gratias is the oldest photography studio still in operation in Accra. As the city celebrates 60 years of independence this week, an ANO Institute of Contemporary Arts festival is displaying the studio’s photos of life in the 1920s and 1930s.

A procession of Gold Coast troops on Empire Day, 1930.
The Gold Coast central post office, Accra, 1930
Members of Dormitory 2B Achimota school, 1929
A procession of senior students of the Accra Royal school during the Empire Day celebrations. In the background is the lighthouse, the Bible House, and the current M&G pharmaceutical company building


Achimota School Boxing club, 1933, photographed by Deo Gratias founder JK Bruce Vanderpuije


The Korle-Bu laundry


Siblings after Sunday church service, 1934


The central police headquarters of the motor traffic transport unit, on the corner of Kwame Nkrumah Avenue and Kinbu Street, 1935


Credit: The Guardian

Images: Deo Gratias Studio


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