Carlos Idun-Tawiah (born 1997) is a Ghanaian photographer and filmmaker located in Accra, Ghana, who focuses on African rebirth and the preservation of Black people's dynamic existence.
Carlos applies his life-long engagement in art to photographing the ever-changing landscapes of Black life across the African continent and the diaspora, inspired by Ghana's rich tradition of archive and fashion photography.
Carlos is motivated by the historical link that African peoples have unique art forms, in addition to preserving facts about present upheavals in African cultures in and outside of the continent.
He is particularly interested in revitalizing and rectifying misinterpretations, disfigurations, and gaps in long-held ideas of Africa. Despite the continent's long involvement in global development, its people and their own perceptions of reality continue to be distorted.
Carlos' work focuses on portraying Black beauty in all of its forms, from youthful artists whose exuberant songs empower entire generations to hairstyles that signify community's boundary-breaking principles.Carlos' work has been published in VOGUE, The Guardian, InStyle, ESSENCE, CNN International, CNN Style, Notion, GQ South Africa, Dazed, Architectural Digest Italia, Le Monde France, WWD, Teen Vogue, Pitchfork, Marie Claire France, Travel + Leisure, Vanity Fair Italy, Harper's Bazaar U.K., and Adobe's Behance since capturing Michaela Coel in 2018. Mercedes-Benz, Yale Alumni Service Corps, Sony Music, Canal+, Alara, Bohten, Maria Borges, Threaded Tribes, Young / The Agency, Toasted Life, Martell USA, Daughter by Ebonee Davis, and Naomi Campbell are just a few of the clients featured.
We looked over some of Carlos's work, and while much of it is stunning, we were particularly taken aback by these eight pieces, which we've decided to share with you.