Striking Photographs of Nigeria by a Life Magazine Photographer

By ZODML on Wed, 12/02/2014 - 21:44

NPR recently showcased the work of Eliot Elisofon, an American photojournalist who travelled extensively through Africa from 1942 to 1964 while working for Life magazine. He donated an archive of 60,000 prints and negatives to the Museum of African Art in Washington DC, which is currently exhibiting some of his work. A drive from one end of the continent (Cape Town) to the other (Cairo) in an ambulance converted to a mobile studio yielded rich images which challenged the stereotypical images of Africa which pervaded Western depictions. We were struck by the vibrant colours of the scenes he captured in Enugu, Jos, and Bida.

Nupe bead makers around glass-making furnace in Bida, Niger State (1959)

 

Photography, Nigeria, Eliot ElisofonIrigwe dancers in Miango village, Jos Plateau (1959)

 

Photography, Nigeria, Eliot ElisofonWorkers at Ekulu coal mine near Enugu (1959)

 

See more of Elisofon's photographs here. Want to learn more about Nigeria's culture, people, and landscape? Visit our Discover Nigeria section for articles, pictures and videos.

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