Photography: J.D. Okhai Ojeikere photographed 1000 intricate afro hairstyles

Date
12 February 2014
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1 minute read

Nigerian photographer J.D Okhai Ojeikere passed away last weekend, but at the age of 83 he left behind a truly incredible body of work celebrating Nigerian culture. These photos from his Hairstyles series are part of an archive of nearly 1000 pictures showing the intricate hair-dos of African women taken at work, social engagements and in the streets of Lagos. The beautifully composed black and white images draw attention to the sculptural quality of the hair, almost elevating it to an art form in itself. It goes without saying that his work is a unique treasure of historical and anthropological importance.

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J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles

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J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles

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J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles

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J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles

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J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles

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J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles

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J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles

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