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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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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.