A Complex Self-Portrait of Africa
A prizewinning Nigerian photographer has devoted himself to documenting his nation’s social and political growth, offering an alternative narrative to the usual story of Africans as victims.
Holding a retrospective exhibit after only 15 years as a professional photographer may seem unexpected. But such was the timing for Akintunde Akinleye, the only Nigerian photojournalist to have won a World Press Photo prize, in 2007. Since then, he has continued his work for Reuters, capturing life in the heart of Lagos, whose population of more than 20 million makes it Africa’s largest city.