Kojo Kamau, a Columbus, Ohio native has exhibited his photographs throughout the Midwest and has collected numerous awards including the Ohioanna Library Career Award and the Columbus Winterfair Award of Excellence. His forty year photography retrospective, sponsored by the Upper Arlington, Ohio Cultural Arts Commission, was voted one of the best exhibitions by the Columbus Dispatch Newspaper. He received the 2012 fellowship named in memory of former Greater Columbus Arts Council President Raymond J. Hanley
The Columbus Museum of Art presented Kojo: Fifty Years in Photography. The exhibition included more than sixty photographs, both color and black and white, reflecting his five decades working in the medium. The exhibition addressed themes that run throughout the photographer's career such as community, travels, portraits of local and international artists and musicians, and political and social issues.
His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Foundation, Hilton Columbus Downtown, Central Ohio Transit Authority and the Ohio Supreme Court. His photographs have been exhibited in one man and invitational exhibitions throughout the United States including the Indianapolis Art Center, Dillard University, Bowling Green State University, Northern Kentucky University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Akron University, Ohio University, the Chicago Center of Science and Industry and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. In Columbus he has exhibited at the Columbus Museum of Art, the Ohio Art Council's Riffe Gallery, The Ohio State University, Columbus College of Art and Design, King Arts Complex and the Kiaca Gallery.
His international exhibitions include Gallery 44 Center for Contemporary Photography,Toronto, Canada; Culturefest '93, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa; and the Central Bank of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas.
Kojo, who has captured local and national celebrities on film, studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design, The Ohio State University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a retired chief medical photographer at The Ohio State University and is currently a photography instructor at Columbus State Community College.
Artistic Impressions With Historical Significance
Exhibition and books available for museums, art galleries, libraries and cultural centers
Details available upon request
Gallery One: Lifestyles of the African Diaspora
Gallery Two: Columbus Remembered/Urban Landscapes
Gallery Three: Pat Your Feet Clap Your Hands
Gallery Four: Image Makers & Visionaries
Gallery Five: Signs, Symbols & Messages
Gallery Six: Americana/Sepia
Gallery Seven: Abstract/Contemporary