J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere grew up in the village of Ovbiomu- Emai in the southwestern region of Nigeria. He acquired his first camera in 1950 and worked as a photographer for the Ministry of Information,West African Publicity and the Nigerian Arts Council. In 1969 he began documenting aspects of Nigerian culture, including photographing his acclaimed Hairstyles and Headgear series.
He founded his own photography studio,foto ojeikere in 1975 and had his first solo exhibition at the Nigerian Arts Council the following year. His work is now found in major museums throughout the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum Harlem, The Brooklyn Museum as well as Tate Modern ,Victoria & Albert Museum and the Musee de Quai Branly in Paris.
Images courtesy of Foto Ojeikere Studio.