Finalist of the Life Framer Award

My portrait of the young sisters Ayse and Abigail, taken in the Liberia Camp in Ghana in 2017, was selected for the Life Framer Award by Alison Morley, photo editor, lecturer and writer, and the Chair of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the world-renowned International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York.

“I was immediately drawn to these two flash-bulb lit girls and their appropriation of male street culture – the chains, the stony expressions, the crotch-grab, the bravado. The cliché flipped on its head. It shows them to be multi-faceted women – street-wise and complex.” – Life Framer



Honorary mention at Life Framer Award

I feel honored to see my portrait selected by Katerina Stathopoulou – curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

“Ulla’s portrait of a sex worker in Ghana – part of her long-term documentary project exploring prostitution across Africa and Europe – is raw and intimate, imperfect and full of character. The woman’s expression is so absorbing – there’s both a confidence and vulnerability; Ulla draws out so much with so little. Of course there’s an obvious innuendo with the banana, but it’s done so naturally and with such sincerity that it works – heightening the theme rather than undermining it. It’s a fantastic portrait – creative, genuine and powerful.”