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George Osodi’s Oil Rich Niger Delta.


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George Osodi, Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

On Tuesday evening, George Osodi gave a talk at Foto8 in London then had a public conversation with Julian Stallabrass. I discovered Osodi’s amazing photos at the last edition of Documenta and there was no way i’d miss his presentation.

The Nigerian photographer is one of those rare photo-reporters whose work is shown in newspapers as well as in art galleries around the world (you can check his photos right now in the Oil Show at HMKV in Dortmund). He was in London to discuss the Oil Rich Niger Delta series and his new book Delta Nigeria – The Rape of Paradise on the oil exploitation in the Delta region of his country.

Nigeria is West Africa’s largest producer of crude oil but years of corruption and poor governance has left the southern Niger Delta desperately poor, its environment devastated by oil spills and gas flares and other environmental hazards as a result of activities of the oil companies in the region.

The story of Oil Rich Niger Delta started almost 10 years ago when Osodi decided to leave his well-paid job as a banker to buy a camera and teach himself photography. It didn’t start too well. First of all, no one in Nigeria, he said, takes photography seriously and he received no encouragement from neither his friends nor his family.

To him, the Delta region, where he grew up is an endless source of wonder and stories of pollution, conflicts, greed, danger but also hope. However, no matter how hard he looked, every piece of documentation about it had been made by foreigners. He thought that the fact that he grew up ‘inside’ those issues would give him a perspective no foreigner could have.

The beginnings were hard. He worked with films and all his money was spent on materials, he didn’t have internet at the time and would stay for hours in cafés and do research about photography online. At first, people recoiled in horror when they saw his photos. They were too harsh, too disturbing and raw. But bit by bit, he learnt to “make beautiful the most difficult issues.” He worked on the aesthetics of his photos so that the onlooker would first see the beauty of the images before realizing they were portraying important and uncomfortable issues.

George Osodi, Smoking Pipe, 2007, from the series Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

George Osodi, Pipeline, 2006, from the series Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

George Osodi, Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

Taking these photos is risky. Oil companies and their security forces don’t him to document the impact that oil exploitation has on the environment and on the inhabitants of the region. He’s been arrested several times and has even been kidnapped by Delta militants who thought he might be a spy.

Despite the dramatic situations he encounters, Osodi has hope for the Delta region which he says is one of the most beautiful on the planet and has a lot more than oil to offer. The photographer also expressed his faith in the ordinary people he meets, “they are not passive victims, all they need is a fair ground to realize their potential but right now it’s still difficult.”

Ultimately, he hopes that his photos will make us think about the origin of the oil we consume without even paying much attention.

George Osodi, Oil well off the coast of Sangana, from the series Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

George Osodi, Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

George Osodi, An environmental billboard asks ‘After Oil What Next?’, from the series Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

George Osodi, Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

George Osodi, Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

George Osodi, Overview of Port Harcourt, Nigeria’s major oil town, from the series Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

George Osodi, Oil Rich Niger Delta. All rights George Osodi

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George Osodi, Militants in the southern delta of Nigeria, from the series Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

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George Osodi, Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2010. All rights George Osodi

The book Delta Nigeria – The Rape of Paradise by George Osodi is published by Trolley Books. For more than five centuries the fortunes of the Niger Delta have been closely tied to that of the global economy. For its slave ports, then palm oil industry, and most recently, through the discovery of crude oil in the 1950s. Oil multinationals soon came to the fore, working in alliance with a local elite to strip the region of its wealth and despoil it. At the receiving end are the region’s impoverished inhabitants: left with a poisoned environment, faced with a government that never cares and victims of rival armed militant groups laying claim to territories.

Culled from We Make Money Not Art

7 Essential Accessories for Your First DSLR


If you read my post back in September about “Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS)”, you know that I’m a firm believer in making smart choices about
photography-related expenditures. It’s so easy to
get hypnotized by all of the shiny new trinkets and
pieces of equipment that if you aren’t careful you’ll
find yourself at the bottom of the rabbit hole with
lots of great gear, but little else to show for it. That
being said, if you are one of those lucky individuals
who just got their first DSLR over the holidays, there are seven accessories which should be at the top of your new wish list. I usually hesitate to use words like “essential,” but sometimes it’s the little things that pack the biggest punch.

Spare Camera Battery
Camera battery technology has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. While I can’t really tell you the last time a battery actually died on me during a shoot, I can tell you that they do seem to
occasionally sprout legs and play hide-and-seek.
Seriously, though, I can usually make it through an
entire 12-hour wedding shoot, with charge to spare on a single battery. As a strict adherent to the not putting all of one’s eggs in a single basket, though, the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing there are back-ups is huge.
As a side note, it’s also a good idea to have a system for keeping track of what’s charged and what’s spent. I keep my batteries in a “Think Tank DSLR Battery Holder”. Contacts down means charged, and contacts up means spent.

Camera Bag
Finding the right camera bag is no small task. Trust
me– I have eight…and I can quit any time I want. If
you’re looking for your first, though, one of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to purchase a bag that is bigger than what you think you need. Once you start accumulating the items on this list, as well additional lenses and other accessories you decide you can’t live without, you’re going to start running out of room pretty quickly. The “Think Tank Retrospective 30” or “City Walker 20” are great “starter size” bags.

External Flash
If your new camera has a built-in, pop-up flash,
please promise me you will never use it. It is, by far, the single-most unflattering light source ever
created. With my apologies to natural light
photographers everywhere, a solid understanding
of off-camera flash is one of the biggest steps you
can take towards elevating your photography to the next level. The first rung of that ladder is an external flash like the Nikon SB910 or Canon 600EX. There are other “off brands” available, like the Yongnuo, but they tend to have fewer advanced features and only work with manual settings. Make sure you have lots of AA batteries on hand. Unlike camera batteries, speedlights tend to go through batteries pretty quickly.

Reliable Tripod
For a long time, the generally accepted wisdom was that you get what you pay for. I once read an article where the author suggested that spending 10% of your camera’s price tag on a tripod was an
appropriate guideline. By his rationale then, your $
2,000 camera should never go on a tripod and head combination that costs any less than $200. I
suppose it’s a viable approach– we often equate
higher price with higher quality. The flip-side of the
coin, however, is that several tripod companies
have entered the market over the past couple of
years, bringing with them less expensive, high-
quality options. But when do you cross the line
from “inexpensive” to “cheap?” A comparably sized tripod (with head) from 3 Legged Thing, Manfrotto, or MeFoto can vary in price from $195 to $400. Test a tripod in person whenever possible. See how stable it is with your gear mounted on it. If you don’t feel secure, try a different one.

Shutter Release
A tripod is a good first step towards eliminating
camera shake. Another is using either a cable or
wireless shutter release. This is going to be essential for long exposures, sharp macro photography, or even just getting yourself into the photo with family and friends. Be careful when purchasing, however, because many releases are tailored to specific camera makes and/or models. This is another one of those areas where you can spend a little or a lot. If all you need is something to trigger your shutter, don’t be afraid to spend a little less.

Extra Memory Cards
Regardless of whether your camera uses CF or SD
cards, at some point one of two things will definitely happen. You will either run out of space on your card or it will fail. Remember that not putting all your eggs in one basket thing I mentioned earlier? Same applies to memory cards. The cost has dropped considerably over the last few years, even among the major manufacturers like Lexar and Sandisk, making back-ups and peace-of-mind more affordable than ever.

Something to Keep Your Lens Clean
Clean glass is essential to good photography. While there are lots of options available, two of my
favorites are the Spudz Microfiber Lens Cloth and
the LensPen. Both are inexpensive, high-quality,
non-chemical alternatives to keeping your lenses
clean and clear.

There’s a lot to learn when you get your first DSLR. A few essentials beyond the camera and lens can help make the learning curve much easier to navigate.

Culled from DIY Photography

Meet the Artist: Cyrus Kabiru and Timothy Prus

African Artists Foundation is inviting you for their first Meet The Artist event of 2014 as they welcome Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru and British curator Timothy Prus to the African Artists’ Foundation, Thursday, 30th January, 2014, at 4 PM at AAF Gallery.

Cyrus Kabiru is a self-taught painter, sculptor, and
mixed media artist who lives and works in Nairobi.
Kabiru is best known for refashioning waste and
recycled materials into various forms as a
humorous critique of contemporary living within
Kenya. In his ongoing project, C-Stunners, Kabiru
creates and wears artistic bifocals using metal
scraps and used objects. Kabiru then has himself
photographed as he poses with the makeshift
sunglasses. The work sits between fashion,
design, performance, and photography in a
comment on self-representation through
commodity objects.

Timothy Prus is the director of the Archive of
Modern Conflict, an independent publisher based
in London that focuses on books on photography
and art. Recent publications have won or been
shortlisted for prizes including the Deutsche Börse
Photography Prize and the Paris Photo Aperture
Foundation Photobook Award in 2013, the Dali
International Photography Festival Best Book
Award in 2011, the Grafik Design Awards 2010, the
Rencontre d’Arles Historical Book Prize in 2008
and 2009, and the New York Photo Fair Awards in

Cyrus and Timothy will present their past work
and speak about their current projects. This event
is free and open to the public at AAF Gallery, 54
Raymond Njoku Street, Off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi,


Profiling Street Photographers: George Osodi.


George Osodi, is a Nigerian photographer based in Lagos.He studied Business Administration at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, before working as a photojournalist for the then defunct Comet Newspaper Lagos from 1999-2001. He joined the Associated Press News Agency Lagos in 2001-2008. Osodi has covered many assignments for both local and international organizations, with his photographs published in many international and local media such as the “New York Times,” “Time Magazine,” the “Guardian of London,” “The Telegraph,” London Times, “USA Today,” the “International Herald Tribune,” CNN, BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, Der Spiegel of Germany and many more.

He has also been commissioned on photo project woldwide by several organizations like, Nestle Switzerland,Bilfinger Berger Germany, Schlumberger Nigeria, Access Bank Nigeria, Oxfam USA, Amnesty international and many more. Osodi is a member of Panos Pictures U.K, and he is managed by Zphotographic ltd U.K.

George Osodi was sellected to be part of the prestigious DOCUMENTA 12 2007 in Germany and has also exhibited his works worldwide with his Works in the collections of:

Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Neue GalerieMartin Marguiles Collection- Miami, EMET- National Museum of Greece 2010, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, 2010 ADF collection Paris 2011, Smithsonian museums Washington DC USA. 2011,  Ford Foundation and number of private collections.

Solo exhibitions (Selection):

OIL BOOM DELTA BURNS: International Slavery Museum Liverpool 2012, TOURING PROGRAM of Oil Rich N&N to art galleries in Norway 2010 and 2011, OIL RICH NIGER DELTA:RAW Material Company, Dakar, Senegal 2011, OIL RICH NIGER DELTA: Recontres de Bamako, Mali, 2011, GEORGE OSODI: Galerie Peter Hermann, Berlin 2009,  DRIVERS DEXTERITY: AAF Lagos, Nigeria, 2009,  OIL RICH NIGER DELTA: Haugesund, Norway 2008,  PARADISE LOST: Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, (CCA), 2008,  LAGOS UNCELEBRATED: Goethe Institut Lagos, 2007,  BEYOND OIL:London Rising Tide, 2004,  LIVING THE HIGHLIFE: British Council and Nimbus Art Centre, Lagos, 2004  A CHILD OF INDEPENDENCE: Nimbus Art Centre, Lagos, 2003,  NIGER DELTA CHRONICLES: Nimbus Art Centre, Lagos, 2003

Group exhibitions (Selection)

WE FACE FORWARD: The manchester Museum 2012,  DE-MONEY AND DEVIL’S DEXTERITY: New Galarie Paris 2012,  THE WORLD IN LONDON: The Photographers’ Gallery 2012,  THE SHOE SHOP: Goethe Institut Johannesburg south Africa 2012,  ENVIRONMENT AND OBJECT_PRESENT AFRICAN ART: Tang Museum Skidemore Collage, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA- 2011,  NIGERIA, OUR NIGERIA: Presidential Inauguration exhibit, Abuja, Nigeria 2011,  ENVIORNMENT AND OBJECT- PRESENT AFRICAN ART – VCU ARTS- ANDERSON GALLERY Virginia, USA- 2011,  “ GHANA GOLD- DE MONEY”- 6th CURITIBA BIENNIAL, Curitiba, Brazil – 2011,  The OUTSKIRT OF THE WORLD: Io Donna – Corriere della Sera,Italy. 2011,  DONT/PANIC:The Goethe-Institut South Africa and the Heinrich-BoIL Foundation, Durban Art Gallery South Africa. 2011,  OIL SHOW: Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund, Germany- 2011-2012,  INCLEMENCIA DEL TEMPO: Uruguay 2010,  ATOPIA: CCCB -Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona- 2010,  BOZAR: Belgium 2010,  UNEVEN GEOGRAPHIES: NOTTINGHAM CONTEMPORARY, UK- 2010,  UNWETTER: Akademie Kunste- Berlin- 2010,  IN-BETWEEN THINGS: (SMBA) Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. 2010,  AFRICA SEE YOU SEE ME: Museu di Cidade, Lisboa Portugal. 2010,  INCLEMENCIA-: Cenre d’art le Lait, Albi, France – 2010,  MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME: Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen 2010,  HELLS HALF ACRE: LAZARIDES/ OLD VIC TUNNELS- LONDON 2010,  POLITICS OF ART- 10th anniversary of EMET- ATHENS GREECE 2010,  BREAKING NEWS: Contemporary Art from Africa and Middle East, Modena, Italy   2010,  AFRIKA IN OSLO: National Museum of Contemporary Art , Olso Norway 2009,  INTEMPERIES: Oca, Sao Paulo , Brazil , 2009,  BIENAL DEL FIN DEL MUNDO Argentina 2009,  SCIENCE OF 5 CONTINENTS: Gallery BMB Mumbai, India 2009,  AFRICA FAST FORWARD: Belgium 2009,  DELTA: Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria 2009,  TEMPESTADE: Brazil 2009,  RECONTRES de BAMAKO 2009,  Lagos Art Intervention in Public Space , In God We Trust Goethe-Institut , Nigeria 2008PETRODOLLART: GALARIE MOTTE ET ROUART, PARIS 2008,  FRAGILE DEMOCRACY: NORTHERN GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART, UK, 2008,  NIGERIA OIL RICH NIGER DELTA: DOCUMENTA 12, KASSEL , GERMANY, 2007,  BEYOND THE SURFACE: EX- en -Province France 2007,  NIGERIA EVICTION, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL,: ABUJA/LONDON 2006,  Lagos Stadtansichten, IFA, Berlin, GERMANY, 2004,  LAGOS BOMB BLAST: MUSON CENTRE LAGOS, 2002

Prizes (Selection):Sony WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS- First prize ContemporaryIssues Category- De Money- Ghana Gold series- 2010


UN Special Court for Sierra LeonePool photography of former Liberian president Charles Taylor’s firstcourt trial in April 3, 2006

Nominee Prix Pictet Photography prize 2008.

International Slavery Museum Liverpool UK 2012,  Indiana University African Studies Department USA 2012,  DW series Lagos Nigeria 2012,  UNIVERSITY OF WALES, Newport. 2011,  HOST GALLERY London U.K 2011,  Recontres de Bamako, Mali, 2011,  Tang Museum, Skidmore Collage, Saratoga Springs, New York US 2011,  SITAC – Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory, Mexico City, Mexico 2011,  Faculty of Arts, Columbia University New York, U.S.A 2011,  Emet, Athens , Greece, 2010,  Borders-Imaged Imagined,Market Photo workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa. 2010Bodo, Norway 2010Nottingham Contemporary 2010,  Forum Stadpark Symposium , Graz, Austria 2009,  Gallery Peter Hermann, Berlin 2009,  National Museum of Contemporary Art , Oslo, Norway 2009,  Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, 2006,  UNIVERSITY OF WALES NEWPORT UK, 2005

Selected  Publications:Delta Nigeria- the rape of Paradise, Trolly books 2011, Nigerians Behind the Lens, Iden books 2010, Breaking News, Modena Italy 2010, DOCUMENTA 12, Bilderbuch, Taschen Books, 2007,  Lagos: A city at work, Glendora books 2005,  Fuel, MIT Press 2007

Website: http://www.georgeosodi.com

The Street Shooters NG Photowalk January 2014

streetshooters walk high

This is officially wishing you a (perhaps belated) happy new year.  We are happy and we thank God that you are one of the lucky people that made it.

We know how busy the yuletide period was for all of us doing all kinds of commercial photography. We probably didn’t have time to do street photography.

We at the Street Shooters NG still love the street. And now that the yuletide season is over, we want to invite you to our first photowalk of the year.

Date: 26th January, 2014.

Location: Ojuelegba.

Time: 4-6pm

Meet-up is Ojuelegba bus stop if you are coming from Mushin.

As usual, we have informed the local law enforcement agency (a.k.a. the police) of our intended activity, so we expect to have no problem in that regard. However, to ensure we cause no problems for ourselves, we advice that walkers abide by the following guidelines:

– Not more than one photographer should focus on one subject at a time. This is very important as we don’t want the multiplicity of the same image. This is also to avoid getting in peoples faces.

– Do not photograph police on duty. Ask for his/her permission if you absolutely have to.

– Be unobtrusive. Try to stay as low-key and unobtrusive as possible. Work quickly and don’t linger.

– Don’t take photos of people that don’t want their photos to be taken. If they object, simply walk away.

– Apologise to anyone that has issues with you taking their photo and quickly move on before things get out of hand.

– Stay with the group. Don’t wander too far off. This is so that you can easily call for help if you are being harassed.

– Although we don’t expect to have any issues, but if it so happens we do, we need not be afraid. We will get out of it easily if we stand our ground. Remember, we have approval from the police, and we have the strength of numbers on our side.

We hope to see you there.