Cultural Coifs: Rich Nigerian Tradition Captured in Bold Hairstyle Images

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  • Hair-Raising Works of Art
  • Modern Suku HD 916/75, 1975
  • Mkpuk Eba HD 694/74, 1974
  • Star Koroba HD 229/71, 1971
  • Atiai HD 262/70, 1970
  • Udoji HD 838/75, 1975
  • Onile Gogoro Or Akaba, HD 275/75, 1975
  • Ife Bronze HD 323/72, 1972
  • Pineapple HD 14/69, 1969
  • Shangalti, NES 306/71, 1971

Hair-Raising Works of Art

At 20 years old, Nigeria-born and based photographer J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere purchased his first camera — a Kodak Brownie — in 1950. Two decades later, he honed his skills photographing the elaborate, sculptural hairstyles worn by local women. Since then, his work has been featured in more than 50 exhibitions worldwide, including this year’s prestigious Venice Biennale. Keep reading to see the braids, twists and knots that inspired this internationally renowned artist. Patrice Peck

(Photo: J.D. Okhai Ojeikere/Courtesy of Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp)

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