Afia is a Ghanaian name which refers to the day of the week on which you were born. Each day has a special meaning. Girls born on Friday are called Afia and are known for their wise and peaceful ways. Jamie Lloyd floats around the world on adventures near and far – capturing everyday life. She flips the mundane and ordinary around to express joy and uniqueness in every moment.

Lloyd received her BA in Photojournalism from UC Santa Cruz in 2002. She serves as mentor for SF Camerawork’s First Exposures (FX) Youth Photo Program and is the director of the Ghana youth Photo Project in Ghana, West Africa. She has led youth photo workshops in India, Guatemala and at UC Berkeley’s ASUC Art Studio.

In 2004, prior to working with FX, she was a photojournalist with the Daily Graphic Newspaper in Ghana. After being a part of the First Exposures team and witnessing the success of the program she decided to use FX as a model to run the Ghana Youth Photo Project, a similar program in the impoverished neighborhood of Nima in Ghana’s capital city, Accra. Jamie returns to Ghana often.

2008 was a special year. Lloyd had the privilege of bringing five youth photographers from San Francisco to Ghana for a three week photographic and cultural exchange. For more information please visit www.ghanayouthphoto.org

Using photography as a tool for cultural understanding and social change, Lloyd continues to travel the world. She seeks out any and every opportunity to give a camera to a young budding photographer. Along the way she lights up lives with her million watt smile (and camera flash.)