J.D ‘Okhai Ojeikere was a photographer from Nigeria. Most of his work was Studio Photography. Starting out, Okhai Ojeikere was an assistant for the darkroom at the Ministry of Information in Ibadan. This was in 1954, before independence. Ojeikere pursued his first job as a photographer after Nigeria attained her Independence in 1960.

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From 1963 till 1975 Ojeikere worked in Lagos. His field was  publicity at West Africa Publicity in Lagos. Later, he joined the Nigerian Arts Council.

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In 1968 he began one of his largest and hallmark projects. He  documented the various hairstyles in Nigeria. This was a hallmark of Ojeikere’s work and he had printed approximately a thousand pictures of different African women’s hair.

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All images are from his hallmark work: African women’s hairstyles.

He went beyond photo documentary. He captured the modern African woman in his photographs. He even delved into commercial photography.

Bibliography:

  1. http://www.gallery51.com/index.php?navigatieid=9&fotograafid=12
  2. http://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/now-at-the-met/2014/jd-okhai-ojeikere
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