Kojo Kamau has exhibited photos across America and in several foreign countries. But he still spends time teaching the basics of photography to Columbus State students.
Kamau teaches black-and-white photography to students who know it primarily through as an Instagram filter. He even teaches them how to develop film in a darkroom.
"Being an old-school photographer, my students help keep me current on the latest technology, and I teach them the basics of a good photograph."
"Most students experience a lot of trial and error printing in the darkroom in the beginning stages, some even want to give up. I encourage students not to give up but rather perfect their skills until they believe it is their very best work."
Kojo studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design, The Ohio State University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He retired from Ohio State as chief medical photographer. His fine art work ranges from celebrities to cityscapes, from Americana to the pyramids of Egypt.
His photographs can be found in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Columbus Foundation. The Columbus Museum of Art showcased him in 2009 with Kojo: Fifty Years in Photograph.
His photographs also have been displayed at exhibitions all throughout the United States, including the Indianapolis Art Center, Chicago Center of Science and Industry and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Kamau's international exhibitions include Gallery 44 Center for Contemporary Photography in Toronto, Canada; Culturefest '93 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire; and the Central Bank of the Bahamas in Nassau, Bahamas.
In 2013, Kojo was honored as the fourth recipient of the Raymond J. Hanley Fellowship award by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
"I learn as much from the students as they do from me, and that is the most rewarding part of my job," Kamau says. "Being an old-school photographer, my students help keep me current on the latest technology, and I teach them the basics of a good photograph."