Boys of Volta by Jeremy Snell.
About Boys of Volta
Essay by Nii Ayikwei Parkes
The Boys of Volta series by Jeremy Snell is a sensitive portrayal of the people and environment surrounding Lake Volta, Ghana. This enormous man-made lake is the largest in the world. Spanning half of Ghana its surface is scattered with eerie tree trunks where once you would find dense forests. Fishing is now one of the main industries for the people here. Demanding long hours in often challenging conditions. Jeremy’s series follows the story of the fisher boys he encountered here.
Amidst all the magic and beauty of the lake, there remains a starker reality. Thousands of children work in its massive fishing industry — and many of these children are trafficked into labour.
10% of this book’s profits will be donated to the NGO, International Justice Mission, who work with partners in the criminal justice system to ensure that law enforcement and prosecutors have the training and support they need to identify victims, launch rescues, arrest suspects, and to help create better circumstances for these boys.
Jeremy Snell is a cinematographer and humanitarian photographer represented by Open Doors Gallery, UK. Though originally from Hawaii, USA, he spent much of his youth living throughout Asia. He has photographed numerous campaigns for NGO’s such as Charity: Water and The International Justice Mission. Jeremy Snell was a winner of The Portrait of Humanity, 2020 for his portraiture work in his debut series, Boys of Volta. Jeremy currently resides in Brooklyn, USA.
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