London-based photographer & filmmaker, Campbell Addy is one of the most sought-after names in this generation. With a repertoire spanning major brands like Time, Rolling Stone Magazine, Stone, Vogue, Financial Times, Dazed, Luncheon Magazine, Double Magazine, Wall Street Journal Magazine, and Garage Magazine, it isn’t difficult to understand why the British-Ghanaian lens manipulator is getting his own monograph published by Prestel. But as with every iconic figure in the world of art, his story is much deeper than the reputation of his star-studded clientele. Embedded in his sometimes-eccentric imagery are personal tales and introspections. His experiences as a queer, Black photographer who abandoned his Jehovah’s Witness home at the young age of sixteen filled him with a wider curiosity about topics like identity, intimacy, and art.
This inaugural monograph, begins with a foreword by British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, who discusses the intersection between photography, race, beauty, and representation. This is followed by an array of selected photographs, ranging from major fashion and magazine commissions to candid portraiture. The monograph also features quotes from prominent Black figures including Naomi Campbell and Nadine Ijewere, laced between the striking photographs. The book wraps up with a more profound examination of Campbell’s more individual imagery and influences, paying respects to the heritage of Black photographers through the work of Ajamu and James Barnor.
Addy Campbell is also the founder of Nii Journal, an arts and culture periodical that is published biannually, and also Nii Agency, a modelling and casting agency dedicated to representing and celebrating diversity. Addy represents an unmistakable energy, compassion and authenticity and this project marks a significant milestone in the career of major talent whose impact and importance can only increase with time.