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Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria

September 17, 2014 – September 13, 2015

Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria” opens Sept 17. This major exhibition showcases the photographs of Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911–1994), one of Nigeria’s premier photographers and the first official photographer to the Royal Court of Benin. Alonge’s historic photographs document the rituals, pageantry and regalia of the court for more than a half-century and provide rare insight into the early history and practice of studio photography in West Africa.

Image: Reclining Young Lady, Benin City, Nigeria. Hand colored photograph by Solomon Osagie Alonge, c. 1950.

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art