(Photo: August Udoh)
Your Favourite Nigerian Celebrities Through The Lens Of August Udoh
Although the talented August Udoh is best known for his breathtaking series about the Dambe traditional boxers, his work goes far beyond that, as he has one of the most eclectic and diverse portfolios of any Nigerian photographer working today.
While his talent for capturing evocative images truly shines when he focuses on documentary photography, he also uses that keen eye for his celebrity portraits, resulting in truly memorable images of a bunch of our favourite Nigerian stars.
From his stunning work with singers like Simi to actors like Odunlade Adekola, the one thing that makes Udoh’s celebrity portraits really stand out is his utter disinterest in capturing these stars in ways that they’ve already been photographed.
Speaking with Konbini about what inspires his work, Udoh said:
"I’m inspired by everything around me, including faces, people in general, architecture and fabrics."
About working with the stars, he continued:
"I always try to encourage them. If they come in for a shoot, I encourage the energy they bring with them, regardless of if they’re happy or moody.
I never ask them to smile or be what they are not. I usually don’t have a photo to copy from or use as a reference, so I just use what they give me. It’s always a collaborative effort."
You can check out the rest of Udoh's work on his Instagram.
By Daniel Orubo, published on 22/10/2018