Fragile Legacies

Fragile Legacies

The Photographs of Solomon Osagie Alonge

Hardback210pp Illustrated278x238mm

9781907804991     Product Code: 509352

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The first official photographer to the royal court of Benin, Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911–1994) took portraits of its obas, or kings, in their regalia, and created a record of ceremonial life. Produced in collaboration between Washington’s Smithsonian Institution and Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments, this book reproduces many of his images, examines their role as a documentary record of an era of change, and explores the practices of early studio photography in West Africa.

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