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PERMANENT ERROR
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John Kwesi, Wild Honey Collector, Techiman District, Ghana, 2005Steven Amoako, Wild Honey Collector, Techiman Distric, Ghana, 2005
Paul Ankomah, Wild Honey Collector, Techiman District, Ghana, 2005
Takyi Isaac, Wild Honey Collector, Techiman District, Ghana, 2005
John Addai, Wild Honey Collector, Techiman District, Ghana, 2005
Kwadwo Konado, Wild Honey Collector, Techiman District, Ghana, 2005
Martin Kofi, Wild Honey Collector, Techiman District, Ghana, 2005










WILD HONEY COLLECTORS (2005)


This series was made during a period when I was experimenting with different scenographies, as well as investigating aspects of labour across Africa. I saw an image of a honey collector taken by a Ghanaian photographer in a news magazine. It intrigued me. With the assistance of a local journalist I made contact with this group of honey collectors living in Techiman Municipal District, which is part of the fertile Brong-Ahafo Region. It is a full day’s drive north from Accra into central Ghana, to a region famed for its cocoa production and agriculture generally.

Africanised honeybees are crucial to the pollination process. Their honey is also highly prized; it is estimated that up to 60 percent of honey on the Ghanaian market is harvested from wild bee colonies. But it’s a dangerous job. In June 2016 a bus in Ghana was attacked by a swarm of bees. This might explain the elaborate if makeshift protection worn by the collectors I photographed. Honey is harvested by burning the tree nests. As a result, the honey often has soot in it and can only be sold at local markets for low prices. It is a very destructive form of labour, but it is their only means of earning a living.

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