About Ishmael Annobil


I am a London-based poet, journalist, photographer, graphic designer, filmmaker, inspired by the vigour of contemporary society; its cultural overlaps, processes, and visual glories. I have an undying love for realism, social consciousness, and the purity of the frozen moment.

My favourite subjects are Travel, Cultures, Abstraction, the Documentary, the Nighttime, and Performance. I see the art of photography as the capture of the flux of humanity and nature, especially the split-second adjustments in state that everything makes in order to survive.

I was born in Ghana in the heydays, and fell in love with photography while working on the national newspaper, Daily Graphic. There was something grand about the black and white photos taken by the staff photojournalists.

 I use a vast number of cameras from all periods, including rangefinders such as Canon QL17 and Kiev 4M. My favourite camera of all time is Rollei 35S, but currently enjoying my EXA 1c. I avoid flash as much as possible, because natural or available light traces contours more dramatically, and determines a deeper visual narrative.

I run Chiaroscuromagazine.com, an international arts journal, and Stonedog Productions, a filmmaking collective, based in Camden Town, London. Anthologised in Another English: Anglophone Poems from Around the World (The Poetry Foundation, America, 2014), I have published two books of poetry, namely, Seven Horn Elegy and Ethiop, one monograph of Gadangme emblems, Abetei, a photographic monograph, Insomnia, and one music album, Zingliwu.

 My collaborators for special photographic projects are: JSVCprojects (www.jsvcprojects.com | Instagram: @jsvcprojects)