Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria
September 17, 2014 – September 20, 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: Solomon Osagie Alonge, Benin City, Nigeria. Reclining young lady. Hand-colored photograph, c. 1950, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives,
National Museum of African Art