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Afro Hair: Sculptures for a Day

J.D. Ojeikere showcases these stunning and intricate works of art in a series of gorgeous black and white photos.

Story by Lora Wiley - lora@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by J.D. Ojeikere and courtesy of Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp
Photo © J.D. Ojeikere

Photo © J.D. Ojeikere, courtesy of Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp

Born in 1930 in Western Nigeria J.D. Ojeikere took a unique path of pursuing photography at a time when it was not considered a legitimate profession in Nigeria. There were also the problem of scarce camera equipment. Starting out with a Brownie D camera without a flash, his passion led him to working in PR and with the Nigerian Arts council.

Ojeikere’s most famous collection “Hairstyles” documents 1000 different hairstyles of Nigerian women which he calls “sculptures for a day”. Finding his inspiration for these images on the street, at weddings or at work, he showcases these stunning and intricate works of art in a series of gorgeous black and white photos.

We will be interviewing J.D. Ojeikere soon. So watch this space. In the meantime, here are some of his world famous images:

Photo © J.D. Ojeikere

Photo © J.D. Ojeikere, courtesy of Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp

Photo © J.D. Ojeikere

Photo © J.D. Ojeikere, courtesy of Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp

Photo © J.D. Ojeikere

Photo © J.D. Ojeikere, courtesy of Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp

Photo © J.D. Ojeikere

Photo © J.D. Ojeikere, courtesy of Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp

Photo © J.D. Ojeikere

Photo © J.D. Ojeikere, courtesy of Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp

2 Responses to “Afro Hair: Sculptures for a Day”

  1. actually-me says:

    Wonderful! It would be really interesting to discover more pictures and make an exhibition!!!

  2. Yosl Kurland says:

    There was an exhibit of these photos at the Art Institute in Minneapolis a few years ago. Beautiful.