Okhai Ojeikere | the artist




The artist Okhai Ojeikere
Born 1930, Ojomo Emai, Nigeria.
Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

Style and technique of the artist: Photography, Documenta Kassel,


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There are hundreds of ethnic groups in Nigeria, each with its own language and traditions. Among other things which are part of these traditions are various hairstyles. These are determined by the social position of the family, and the artistic talent of the hair stylist…
His comprehensive work has developed into a unique documentary, ethnographical and anthropological source. One of his most well known projects is ”Hair Style”, which comprises almost 1 000 black-and-white images…
Photography was was an exotic luxury. In 1950, he bought a modest Brownie D camera, and a neighbor taught him the rudiments of photography…
Ojeikere a vingt ans lorsqu’il découvre sa voie : la photographie. « C’est en 1950 que j’ai acheté à Enugu, pour deux livres, mon premier appareil, un Brownie D sans flash…


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