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Nigerian Photographers You Should be Paying Attention to

Check out 10 photographers in Nigeria that are professionals in their chosen field.

Nigerian Photographers You Should be Paying Attention

A new crop of Nigerian photographers is emerging to capture the changes and challenges that the country is facing. From photojournalism in the Niger Delta to fashion photography in Lagos. You should know these amazing photographers who are shaping Nigeria’s visual culture.

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  • Adeola Olagunju: This is a rising photographer who lives and works in Lagos. Her project, Paths and Patterns, was set to explore feet as maps of journeys testing the boundary between routes and the freedom to wander. Her work has been exhibited at Lagos Photo and she won the Young Artfund Amsterdam Award for 2013.
  • Ade Adekola: Ade is a conceptual photographer who creates visual representations that go beyond what the eye can see.  Adekola transforms the faces of the Lagos landscape into visual memes, faces that reappear in cities across the world.
  • Andrew Esiebo: is a visual storyteller, that captures scenes from everyday life in the urban landscape, exploring how personal narratives interact with wider social issues. His work has been exhibited at different photography festivals.
  • Emeka Okereke: Emeka Okereke pushes the boundaries of contemporary African photography. He established Invisible Borders which is an annual photographic road trip across Africa involving a team of artists and photographers to explore new ways of portraying the African continent. In 2014, Invisible Borders travelled across 20 countries and 40 stops from Lagos to Sarajevo.
  • Lakin Ogunbanwo: Lakin Ogunbanwo’s images are identified by their impressive use of colour, light and angles. His work has been exhibited at LagosPhoto Festival, Art 14 in London and the Rooke and van Wyk Gallery in Johannesburg.
  • Uche Okpa-Iroha: Enugu born photographer, Okpa-Iroha was spurred to pursue a career in photography after seeing an exhibition by the pioneering Nigerian collective, Depth of Field, in 2005. His work has received international attention for his images of humans documenting pressing social issues.
  • Uche James-Iroha: who is the director of Depth of Field, and has had his work celebrated with receiving the Elan Prize at the African Photography Encounters in Mali, 2005. He was also awarded the Prince Claus Award in 2008 for his work in supporting young artists and promoting photography as an art form in Nigeria.
  • Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko: After a trip back to Nigeria, Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko’s fascination with traditional Yoruba culture was inspired. Her photographs reflect the belief and storytelling tradition of the Yoruba people. Ayeni-Babeko uses black and white photography to capture the timelessness of her goddesses.
  • George Osodi: George Osodi is an international photojournalist who returned to his home in the Niger Delta and spent four years capturing the environmental depravity of the region caused by multi-national oil firms. This brought about the book Niger Delta – Rape of Paradise.
  • Aisha Augie-Kuta: Aisha won the Future Award for Creative Artist of the Year in 2011 for her Faces of Africa portrait series which is a collection of portraits of female faces painted to re-enact the patterns of the Surma Tribe of Ethiopia.

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