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Fragile Legacies

The Photographs of Solomon Osagie Alonge

Amy J Staples, Bryna M Freyer, Flora Edouwaye S Kaplan

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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  • Publisher: D Giles
  • Year: 2017
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 210pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Dimensions: 278x238mm
  • ISBN: 9781907804991
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 1.5kg
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