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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere: Photographs Hardcover – August 15, 2000

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…elegant pictures…are less anthropological field studies than records of an astonishngly varied and sophisticated species of abstract sculpture. -- The New York Times, March 16, 2001 --Holland Cotter

About the Author

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere was born 1930 in Nigeria and has worked as an advertising photographer for most of his life. He has documented the hairstyles of Nigeria in painstaking detail for over thirty years. Ojeikere's refined and stylish photographs illustrate how what may appear as mere surface can be an expression of a culture's innermost uniqueness.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scalo Publishers; First Edition edition (August 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3908247306
  • ISBN-13: 978-3908247302
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 10.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is more than a coffee table book. One may pick up Ojeikere's book out of curiosity. However I guarantee that when you put it down you will have a broader sense of what cultural objects and practices can provide meaningful insight into a society. In relatively little text, Ojeikere's clearly explains the importance of Nigerian hair sculpture as a mode of cultural expression and documentation. The book captures fifty years of Nigerian women's hairstyles and represents only a fraction of his collection of hairstyle photographs which numbers in the thousands. Since it covers several decades of Nigerian traditional styles it has a historical dimension absent from similar efforts with a modern focus such as Francesco Mastalia's beautiful collection, "Dreads" (Artisan: 1999). An appendix accompanies the photographs which identifies hairstyles by name and region.
I enjoyed this book. The black and white photography is stunning and helps the reader to make the transition from seeing these hairstyles as incidental aspects of personal adornment to recognizing them as public works of art. The women's faces remind us that this is a living art form. The portraits, accumulated from weddings, offices and public festivals truly convey the extent to which these styles meld contemporary style sense and awareness of traditional Nigerian adornment practices. I highly recommend this book for those interested in photography and the modern history of women's adornment in Africa. This book will also provide wonderful insights for a wide variety of individuals, for example, interested in the politics of African and African diasporic hairdressing in the context of cultural studies, women's studies, African American studies and art history.
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This book is a rare treasure. It is pictures of African hairstyles from the 1970s in Nigeria. The photographer/author also gives details about the different styles, i.e. wedding style from the Igbo tribe of Nigeria, style from Edo people, etc. The book gives us a view of the hairstyles our mothers and grandmothers used to wear 4 decades ago. True, the focus of the author is only on Nigeria, but one can easily imagine other styles worn by women in other African countries.
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I am Nigerian-American and have natural (virgin) hair. I bought this book to get style ideas. The quality of the pictures are great and the styles are interesting and beautiful. Most of the styles wouldn't be accepted in the average American office though but could probably be modified. This also makes a nice coffee table book, as the book cover is attractive and the photographs are actually artistic. I only wish that it had a little more text with more background information.
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The trove of photographs taken by J.D. Ojeikere in this very readable coffee table book -compiled in collaboration with Andre Magnin and Elizabeth Akuyo Oyairo- is enchanting to say a least. It conjures memories of a time when traditional hair-styling for African women was a high art form. A good addition to any collector's library.
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By Tinytaz21 on December 24, 2012
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I did a rendition of one of the styles on my daughter's hair and she loved it I wish I could find someoen to do my hair this way.
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