Zurich: Scalo, 2000. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black paper-covered boards, spine stamped in white, black endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"Hairstyling is a form of art. When you see a hairstylist do this or that, every single movement is precise and rapid. She creates a hairstyle the way a sculptor would work – from nothing." Monograph on Nigerian photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere’s now-legendary series of photos of Nigerian women's hairstyles. Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Fondation Cartier, Paris, in 2000, the catalog was the first to present Ojeikere’s decades-long project. Predominantly working professionally as an advertisement and press photographer, Ojeikere incidentally began his painstaking personal project snapping publicity photos for an African arts and culture festival in Lagos. While processing his film, Ojeikere recognized the artistry and dynamism the hairstyles of Nigerian women embodied, and went on to chronicle coiffures on the streets and at ceremonies, weddings, parties, and other events until his death in 2014, leaving behind an archive of over 1000 unpublished images. Exquisitely illustrated with black-and-white plates; with a preface by curator André Magnin, an appendix of detailed captions describing the diverse array of hairstyles photographed here, a transcribed text by Ojeikere, and a statement on Nigerian women's hair by Elizabeth Akuyo-Oyairo, one of Ojeikere's subjects who features prominently throughout. Minor rubbing to spine-ends and edges of unclipped dust jacket, else fine. Uncommon. Item #3952