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Five photographers to watch out for at the Lagos Photo Festival 2016

The Lagos Photo Festival starts this week in Lagos, Nigeria and because we are absolutely excited about it, we have compiled a list of five photographers – out of the amazing list of talents- to watch out for at the festival this year.

David Uzochukwu:


Born December 10, 1998, David Uzochukwu is a fine art photographer from Brussels, Belgium. His works have appeared both online and in print in Kwerfeldein Magazine, Flawless Magazine, amongst others. In 2014, he was bestowed with the award for the EyeEm Photographer of the Year and Flickr 20 Under 20. And in 2015, the Canon x Exhibitr Student Photography Award.

David’s work at the festival this year Giving Way– is based on Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall apart and No Longer at Ease. Two amazing stories that tackle the problem of colonialism, tradition and likewise religion.

Photo and Bio:


Lakin Ogunbanwo:


Fashion photographer, Lakin Ogunbanwo was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1987.  His work has been featured in ID online, Times New York and British GQ alongside many others. In 2015, He was recognized by the British Journal of Photography as one of the top photographers for the year.

Are you  Ok? His series exhibited at the festival this year challenges concepts of tradition and modernity.

Photo and Bio: British Photography and Lagos Photo Festival

Reze Bonna: 


A trained architect/photographer and music producer/rep of several years experience, Reze Bonna runs a fashion/ architectural photography outfit in South Africa. He is a founding member of the group REZolution which is a collective of creative photographers, and a member of the Camera Club of Johannesburg, and the Professional Photographers of America.

Reze Bonna has shot one of the world’s first and foremost American supermodels Janice Dickenson and is well known for his works in the South African fashion industry.

He has worked with various artistes including gospel singers Kirk Franklin, Chevelle Franklyn, Cece Winans, Fred Hammond as well as other stars such as Shaggy and Neyo.

His work at the festival, HUMANKARA- Fabric of the African Society delves into the significance of the Ankara Fabric in the African society.
Photo and Bio: Ono Bello
Kudzanai Chiurai:
Born in 1981 in Harare, Kudzanai Chiurai is a Zimbabwean artist and activist. He was the first black student to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Pretoria. His range of art  confronts social, political and cultural issues in Zimbabwe. In 2013, Forbes listed him among “Thirteen Africans To Watch.
Genesis, His series at the festival this year presents us with an alternate future, contrary to the account of the “Men of living stone” The series addresses colonialism, religion and the importance of usable pasts in predicting a different future.

Photo: Artsy

Ishola Akpo:


Ishola Benin Akpo is a multimedia artist and photographer. He has received  several awards, including the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Freelens webdoc of the Photography Festival in Toulouse. His work has been presented as part of the 11th International Photography Festival Aleppo in Syria.

L’ESSENTIEL EST INVISIBLE POUR LES YEUX– His work at the festival this year is a very personal one as it explores his Grandmother through the remaining objects of dowry.

Photo: Photoquai

Featured Image: Ishola Akpo, L’ESSENTIEL EST INVISIBLE POUR LES YEU 2015

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Five photographers to watch out for at the Lagos Photo Festival 2016

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