Profiling Street Photographers: George Osodi.

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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

FIRST PRIZE, FUJI AFRICAN PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR 2004 (CategoriesFeatures and Portfolio)

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.

Talks:
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

Profiling Street Photographers: Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of the most original, accomplished, influential, and beloved figures in the history of photography. His inventive work of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of modern photography, and his uncanny ability to capture life on the run made his work synonymous with “the decisive moment”—the title of his first major book. After World War II (most of which he spent as a prisoner of war) and his first museum show (at MoMA in 1947), he joined Robert Capa and others in founding the Magnum photo agency, which enabled photojournalists to reach a broad audience through magazines such as Life while retaining control over their work. In the decade following the war, Cartier-Bresson produced major bodies of photographic reportage on India and Indonesia at the time of independence, China during the revolution, the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death, the United States during the postwar boom, and Europe as its old cultures confronted modern realities. For more than twenty-five years, he was the keenest observer of the global theater of human affairs—and one of the great portraitists of the twentieth century. MoMA’s retrospective, the first in the United States in three decades, surveys Cartier-Bresson’s entire career, with a presentation of about three hundred photographs, mostly arranged thematically and supplemented with periodicals and books. The exhibition travels to The Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

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