(Photo: Olu Olatunde)

Olu Olatunde's Archives Depict Nigerian Family Life In The 1980s

The Lagos Photo Festival is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria, and we at Konbini will be profiling amazing photographers set to exhibit at the festival – which runs from October 27 to November 15, 2018.


Photography has undeniably evolved over the years. Images once laden with the inherent colour code of the time are now saturated with vibrancy, edited to exaggerate particular facets. Nevertheless, archival photography has still retained its beauty, as can be seen in the work of Olu Olatunde

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(Photo: Olu Olatunde)

As can be seen in his stunning series, Ondo resident in Lagos, Olatunde's photographs capture the iconography of the 1980s, representing family life through the various facets of bonding, shyness, pride and insecurities. 

With his camera, Olatunde created a visual diary that, today, emerges as a medium through which the observer can still understand Nigeria's social cataclysms, as well as the complexity of the world around her. As he captures the family, Olu Olatunde is able to reflect on himself as an artist and a person.

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Speaking about what the self-expression inherent in photography means to him, Olatunde said:

"Photography helps you in the process of knowing who you are" 

You can check out more of his work below:

(Photo: Olu Olatunde)

(Photo: Olu Olatunde)

(Photo: Olu Olatunde)

(Photo: Olu Olatunde)

(Photo: Olu Olatunde)

(Photo: Olu Olatunde)


You will be able to see Olatunde's stunning work in person at the upcoming Lagos Photo Festivalalong with a bunch of other incredibly talented photographers. You can learn more about the exciting event right here.

(Photo: AAF/Lagos Photo Festival)

By Adewojumi Aderemi, published on 24/10/2018

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