Chroma: An Ode to J.D Okhai Ojeikere

Chroma: An Ode to J.D Okhai Ojeikere
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The late Nigerian photographer J.D Okhai Ojeikere photographed over one thousand different Nigerian hairstyles over the course of his career. African hair braiding methods date back thousands of years and Nigerian hair culture is a rich and often extensive process which begins in childhood. The methods and variations are influenced by social and cultural patterns, historical events and globalisation. Hairdos range from being purely decorative to conveying deeper, more symbolic understandings, revealing social status, age and tribal or family traditions. While Ojeikere's work was documentary in style, Nigeria-based photographer Medina Dugger pays homage to his work with her own contemporary approach. Her ongoing photo series Chroma: An Ode to J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, injects colour and vi...

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