See Change Conference | Kwaku Alston
See Change Conference on visual communication at the University of Minnesota with AIGA Minnesota, the College of Design, the School of Journalism, and the Weisman Art Museum
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Kwaku Alston / Photograher


A spirited artist with a charismatic personality, Kwaku Alston has been working steadily with a diverse roster of commercial clients for the past fifteen years.Kwaku has a passion for social documentary photography and is inspired to capture truth and honor, whether in his portraits, landscapes, or still life images.

Kwaku’s world travels inform his work and remind him that encouragement and sincerity communicate beyond words in any language. His current direction and vision is to document human interaction and our role in the natural world landscape.

After several years in New York shooting for the New York Times Magazine, Sony Music, Rolling Stone, and Miramax, Kwaku moved west to Venice, California and opened his own studio. Recently, he has taken portraits of Barack Obama, Jenny McCarthy, Halle Berry, and Tiger Woods as well as shot advertising campaigns for Coca Cola, Blackberry, Target, and Verizon.

Career highlights include photographing Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey’s Legends. Creating historical images of accomplished and inspiring individuals is an opportunity that Kwaku takes seriously and hopes to continue throughout his career.

With his personal fine art projects, Kwaku stretches the boundaries of what we know easily about life and human nature. His images encourage the viewer to consider the less obvious truths hidden from view in our normal day-to-day existence. Ongoing projects are titled the Venice Series, the On White Series, and the Mix Project.