Nyani Quarmyne on assignment in the Republic of Georgia

I’ve come to understand over the years that photography is my way of trying to make sense of, and bring shape to, some small part of the diversity of human experience. I’m drawn to work on realities that I feel are not as they should be, or on subjects that invite us to consider how reality might otherwise be.

Over the past few years my personal work has included tramadol addiction, the global snakebite emergency, sickle cell disease, and an exploration of the lives of a small cloister of nuns in an abandoned valley in the Caucasus Mountains. Commissions have ranged from documenting digital financial services in Madagascar, to humanitarian relief efforts in Mauritania, to community-driven Internet connectivity in rural Kyrgyzstan.

This year the primary focus of my personal work is "Tree Palaver", a project a couple of friends and I developed in partnership with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Over the course of 2021 into early 2022 we'll be exploring inspiring examples from around the world of ways in which we might re-imagine our relationships with trees and forests, not just for the sake of climate and environment, but also for humanity's own mental, economic and social wellbeing.

I’m Australian, of Ghanaian / Filipino heritage, and have grown up and lived around the world. I find a certain sameness in all of us — regardless of our respective cultures, ethnicities and beliefs — and like to think this finds its way into my work.

I am represented by Panos Pictures, and work internationally from a base in Germany.

I've worked with...

African Women's Development Fund (AWDF), Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), BasicNeeds, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CHF International, Clarins, Coca-Cola, Comic Relief, Department for International Development (DFID), Der Spiegel, DHL, FIFA Weekly, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation), The Guardian, Guernica Magazine, The Independent, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Internet Society, KfW Entwicklungsbank (German Development Bank), Le Monde, Le Point, Marie Claire, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Monocle, Mosaic Science, The New York Times, Nouvel Observateur, Plan International, Quanta, ONE International, Save the Children, The Telegraph, Terra Mater, Unicef, WaterAid, Wellcome Trust, World Food Program

I've worked in...

Australia, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Canada, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, eSwatini, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Exhibitions & Engagements

-   European Journalism Centre Development Journalism Grant in cooperation with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung


-   Saison Foto à l’Abbaye Royale de l’Epau, Sarthe, France

-   European Journalism Centre Health Reporting Grant for Germany

-   Winner, One World Media Awards, with journalist Yao-Hua Law

-   Finalist, Siena International Photo Awards

-   Shortlist, Festival of Ethical Photography Single Shot Award

-   Shortlist, Portrait of Humanity

-   Winner, Gabriel Grüner Stipendium, with journalist Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt


-   Vraiment???, Bourg-en-Bresse, France

-   European Journalism Centre Health Reporting Grant for Germany


- Nuku Festival, Accra, Ghana

- Demain, chaos climatique?, Geopolis, Brussels, Belgium

- Festival Photo de La Gacilly Baden, Baden, Austria

-   Ramdam Festival, Tournai, Belgium

-   Reading Fringe Festival, Reading, UK


- Panelist, Internazionale Journalism Festival, Ferrara, Italy

- Panelist, World Press Photo Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

- Festival Photo de La Gacilly, La Gacilly, France

- Brassage Photographique, Villers-la-Ville, Belgium

- Master, World Press Photo Masterclass West Africa, Accra, Ghana


- Biennale Internationale de l'art contemporain de Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco

- Without Borders, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Adelaide, Australia


- A Fistful of Degrees, Galerie Les Bains Révélateurs, Roubaix, France

- Telling Time – Rencontres de Bamako pan-African photography biennial, Bamako, Mali

- Selected as a Sony Global Imaging Ambassador

- Future of Cities, Sony World Photography Awards, London, UK


- Keynote speaker, News Xchange, Barcelona, Spain


- Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

- Beyond, La Maison, Accra, Ghana

- Climate Change: We Were Once Three Miles from the Sea, Finnish Refugee Advice Centre, Helsinki, Finland


-   We Face Forward, Manchester Gallery, Manchester, UK

- Pan-African Photography, ‘BOZAR’ Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium


-   African Emerging Photography, Paris Photo, Paris, France

-   For a Sustainable World – Rencontres de Bamako pan-African photography biennial, Bamako, Mali

-   Winner, European Union Prize for Best Press or Reportage Photographic Work, Rencontres de Bamako pan-African photography biennial, Bamako, Mali

-   Four Seasons in Ghana, Alliance Française, Accra, Ghana

- The Other Accra, Alliance Française, Accra, Ghana


-   Finalist, Australian National Photographic Portrait Prize

- A Long Way from Home, Nova Scotia, Canada