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Altered Images

A new wave of young photographers are weaving a visual identity for South Africa, just by focusing their collective lens on the vibrant scenes they capture around them. Meet the next generation of South African image makers. Words Nana Ocran Go back twenty years in South Africa and the idea of being a commercial street photographer would have been relegated to the territory of pipe dreams for the majority of South Africans. Back in the day, ‘street’ photography meant images that ...

Africa In Focus

African photography has experienced a surge of interest in recent years. As London’s The Auction Rooms hosts The African Contemporary Photography Auction, Wings delights in the cream of the crop. Words Emma Woodhouse “There is nothing worse,” said photographer Ansel Adams, “than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” These days there are few concepts that are more fuzzy than ‘African.’ Too often – whether used to describe music or fashion - the word is used to group together or ...

Culture List

The rise of Nigerian art, a coffee table tome of South African history, and the SONY World Photography Awards — things to inspire you from March to May, and beyond... Words Nana Ocran Art Displaced Gem Wings meets rising star, Nigerian born, British raised and Brooklyn based artist ruby onyinyechi amanze (sic). “I have met so many people who are from elsewhere,” says curator and artist ruby onyinyechi amanze, “people who are hybrids like me and understand the complexities of ...
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Newly Minted

As Nigeria’s burgeoning economy enjoys international media attention as a MINT country, photographer and businessman Victor Politis records the people behind the headlines. Words Emma Woodhouse Photography Victor Politis In 2001 Jim O’Neill, a former Chairman at leading investment firm Goldman Sachs coined the term BRIC — Brazil, Russia, India and China — referring to the budding powerhouses of the world economy at the time. The catchy acronym helped the average person to ...

Future Snapshot

Lagos Photo, Nigeria’s first and only festival of photography, has signed a partnership with World Press Photo. Does the collaboration signify an exciting new era for African photographers? Words Nana Ocran “We get a lot of agencies coming through Lagos looking for talent, but they don’t really believe that the quality exists here.” So states Azu Nwagbogu, Director of LagosPhoto. Now in its fourth year, Nigeria’s first and only annual festival of photography is steadily making an ...

Big Shot

A snapshot from an Arik destination and the story behind it. JOE CASELY-HAYFORD BY HASSAN HAJJAJ Words Nana Ocran This photo, of fashion designer Joe Casely-Hayford, is part of my Rockstars series. He’s wearing all of my designs except the shoes. They are his. I like having a Moroccan photographer shoot a Ghanaian in London using mats from Senegal. The tailor chose a fabric that’s used for making parasols. The pattern looks like 60s wallpaper. The hat and socks are Moroccan, and ...

Festivals Of Nigeria

Festivals Of Nigeria, a stunning coffee table book by Victor Politis, features ten festivals and ceremonies, photographed over five years. From the Opobo regatta in the South to Argungu in the North, the book reveals a nation unified in a desire to celebrate, whatever the challenges of everyday life. Interview Jahman Anikulapo • Photography Victor Politis FEAST OF LIFE In mid-2007, during a meeting in Lagos, businessman Victor Politis couldn’t help but look at a painting on the wall. It ...

Big Shot

Leading street photographers at Arik Air destinations share the story around their most memorable shot taken in 2012, and what their photograph says about 2013. Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing,” said Henri Cartier-Bresson, a man often regarded as the Godfather of street photography. “When they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” A panoramic view of Lagos Island; a busy bus area in Abuja; a Senegalese man ...