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Muntaka Chasant is an entrepreneur, researcher, and a documentary photographer based in Accra, Ghana. His work is at the intersection of geographies of waste, urban marginality, new and emerging challenges, including the "three planetary crises" of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Feel free to drop him a line at hello[at]muntaka.com.
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Victims of climate change are already here but shunned, left to fight their own battles. The future of towns and villages in southeast Ghana hangs in the balance in a time of climate crisis. Deeply distressed due to their traps and fishing nets catching dead and rotten crabs and fish, the men in the photographs below have taken matters into their own hands.
Emerging consequences of the Agbogbloshie demolition and a glimpse of everyday struggles in Accra and how urban marginality is experienced. Beyond the role of the State in dispossessing Accra's urban poor, the Agbogbloshie demolition should be viewed within the context of socio-spatial entanglements.
Tropical wetlands — long seen as the reservoirs of much of the world’s biodiversity — are dangerously in decline. Anthropogenic medications and climate variability have resulted in the loss of key ecosystem services and functions. This is a quick peek into the tropical life of a rural fisherman who relies on tropical wetlands as a source of job.
The cultural commodification of Nzulezo (Nzulenzu) challenges their traditional identity. This cultural voyeurism fuels tensions between the stilt village, the nearby Beyin town, the local traditional council, and government agencies, who all want a share of your tourist dollars.
Tidal river fishermen have degraded the mangrove forest cover around the Densu Delta — a Ramsar-designated wetland — for traditional fish traps. Only around 16 red mangrove trees (Rhizophora species) are left standing, having all been cut down for the traps, fuelwood, and timber. But mangrove biomass is critical for fish assemblages, which the fishers depend on. This habitat degradation has led to a loss of biodiversity in the area — leading to a decline in fish stocks in the Densu intertidal zone. The video below explores this problem.
Aerial view of Cape Three Points, the southernmost tip of Ghana and the nearest land to Null Island (at zero degrees latitude and longitude)
In a classic Tragedy of The Commons scenario, industrial fishing vessels in Ghana are dredging up small pelagics reserved for the artisanal sector — having already depleted higher trophic species. The vessels tip overboard the unwanted (bycatch). In response, Ghana’s artisanal canoe fishers are resorting to destructive fishing methods, including using bombs to send a shock wave through the water to maximize their catch and light to attract shoals of fish. The canoe fishers say they would stop when the Government stops the trawlers. Climate change is magnifying these vulnerabilities to the extent that fishermen no longer go to the sea because 'there is no fish in the ocean'. Is the future already here?
The eastern tropical Atlantic ocean is filled with so much plastic debris that a poor Ghanaian fisherman had no choice but to remain ashore to fish in one of the most polluted water bodies on earth instead.
Thousands of urban poor use a precarious makeshift wooden bridge to cross from the densely populated Sodom and Gomorrah slum to the Jamestown area and Korle Bu, Ghana's premier healthcare facility. Video and photos, and a brief interview with the entrepreneur behind the bridge.
Urban poor men risk injury and drowning to swim in the heavily polluted Korle Lagoon — float alongside human remains sometimes — to recover recyclable plastics, which they sell for around $0.17 per kilo.
Fish processors in Ghana trade-off between their livelihoods and exposure to cancer-causing toxicants, including PAHs. Climate-related shocks and overfishing are shaping the mobility of migrant fishers.
An online photo theft incident involving the Ghanaian news website MYJOYONLINE.COM. They used my copyrighted photo without my permission. I called to ask them to take it down, but guess what? They replaced it with another stolen photo — my work again. A 2021 update included.
Ghana has the second dirtiest air in Africa, according to the IQAir AirVisual’s 2020 World Air Quality Report.
Is it OK if society gives prisoners cutlasses and shovels and let them loose on the street to panhandle for money?
Note: Images in this post are strictly for documentary and editorial purposes. Do not use in any context without license or permission. The Youth of Accra The Korle Lagoon flows into the Gulf of Guinea, the northeasternmost part of the tropical Atlantic Ocean. It is not only a reservoir of pollution and waste, but also […]
Warning: This is a disturbing peek into the daily struggles of an urban poor man who had migrated to Accra, Ghana’s capital city, in search of economic opportunities. Accra’s harsh urban environment is taking a toll on the city’s youth. To survive in the harsh urban setting, a lot of young people have resorted to […]
Coming mainly from areas with low literacy rates, thousands of young people — more than 50% of Ghana’s population is under the age of 25 — migrate from rural to urban areas in search of economic opportunities every year. But the unemployment rate in Ghana is higher in urban (13% in 2015) than in rural […]
Note: Images in this post are strictly for documentary and editorial purposes. I have been documenting hazardous child labour at Agbogbloshie for some time now. My hope is that this body of work will bring this situation to the forefront. See the links below for details and more photographs. Hazardous Child Labour Photos Informal disposal […]
Into the nothingness of scorn and noise, Into the living sea of waking dreams, Where there is neither sense of life nor joys, But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems; John clare, i am Note: Images in this post are strictly for documentary and editorial purposes. Do not use in any context without a […]
Nearly 14 million people living within its traditional boundaries make Tokyo one of the largest urban sprawls in the world. The Greater Tokyo Area (comprising Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Yamanashi, and Gunma) is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 38 million people packed in around 13,500 km2 of land. Tokyo Japan Street […]
The Honnō-ji Incident refers to Akechi Mitsuhide‘s betrayal of his Lord Oda Nobunaga in the Honnō-ji Temple in Kyoto on June 21, 1582. The daimyō (feudal lord) Oda Nobunaga had firm control over central Japan, having destroyed the Takeda clan in the Battle of Temmokuzan, earlier. His only rivals, Uesugi Kenshin, Mōri Motonari […]
I have done several shootings in the rain over the years, but these are a few that have had an impact on me for sometime now. Also Check out This Crucial Article & Documentary Leave your comment below and let me know what you think about these struggling urban men. Copyright © 2019 Muntaka Chasant