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Fragile LegaciesThe Photographs of Solomon Osagie Alonge

Published by GILES in association with the National Museum of African Art

Add to Cart US$49.95

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 210 pages, 280 x 240 mm (9 ½ x 11 in)

Illustrations — 110 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£32.50 /US$49.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-99-1

Press Release — New book represents a major alternative visual...

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Provides rare insight into the rituals and regalia of the Benin Court over a half-century.

Represents a major alternative visual history of Nigeria from an insider’s perspective

Reveals complex histories of colonialism and post-colonialism that challenge western stereotypes of Africa

About the Book

Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911-1994) was one of Nigeria’s premier photographers and the first official photographer to the Royal Court of the Kingdom of Benin. His remarkable works are showcased here alongside fantastic Benin bronzes, historic photographs from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and essays by contemporary Nigerian photographers, film-makers and art historians who variously consider Alonge's profound influence and legacy.

About the Author(s)

Amy Staples is Senior Archivist of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives at the National Museum of African Art. Flora S. Kaplan is the Faculty Emerita of Museum Studies at the Graduate School of Arts and Center, NYU. Bryna M. Freyer is a curator at the National Museum of African Art. Kokunre Agbontaen-Eghafona is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Benin, Nigeria. Tam Fiofori is one of Nigeria’s most renowned filmmakers and photographers.Daniel Inneh is a former minister of Edo State and secretary to Oba Erediauwa. George Osodi is a leading Nigerian photographer and filmmaker