Born in 1978, Andrew Esiebo is an acclaimed Lagos-based photographer whose work has been exhibited and published worldwide. Devoting his photo/multimedia work to urban societal issues, he recently turned his gaze to West African barbershops. Their spaces, styles and practices revealed themselves extremely rich to explore issues such as (male) social identities, collective imaginaries and global cultures’ circulation in contemporary West African societies
we speak to Lagos-based photographer Andrew Esiebo, (@andrewesiebo) whose colorful and honest images provide a window into the daily life of West Africa. His visual diary on Instagram spans from portraits of motorcycle taxi drivers to lavish Lagos nightclubs and local scrap metal dealers making ends meet. Instagram, he says, offers a new future for African photographers to show their work to the world without conforming to Western media ideals.
Andrew Esiebo, 34, a Nigerian photographer, is fascinated by the nuances of this relationship and how men present themselves to the world. He has traveled through seven West African countries to explore how barbers and their shops function