Jide Odukoya had very few photographs of himself as a kid, unlike his siblings who have many to show off. However, he seems to be on rampage these days to compensate for the past deprivation. Only that he now delights in capturing those special, rare moments in the lives of other people. He started his photography career when he purchased a Canon 550D from savings he made doing Digital Graphics design, branding of small-scale businesses and building (front-end aesthetics for) websites.
He quickly fell in love with street photography and has since photographed on the streets of Nigeria across major cities, including Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. His style is Contemporary, Urban, Artistic and Photojournalistic, and has been greatly influenced by street photography.
His works focuses on environmental changes, urbanization, social unrest and domestic issues. Through a combination of photography, text and digital art, he aims to illustrate broader issues through individual stories. His work is a testament to his belief that intimate, sensitive photographs are a catalyst to change and a sterilization to human suffering.
He holds a national diploma in Industrial Maintenance Engineering from the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, and a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from the prestigious University of Lagos. He runs a daily photopost on http://jideodukoya.com/category/uncategorized
When he is not doing photography, he swims, spends time with friends and travels round the world.
• Biennale Benin, Benin 2012
• Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, 2012
• Group Exhibition, [2nd Draw] Amateur Photography Competition, Nigeria, 2012
• Lagos/Etisalat Amateur Photography Competition Lagos, 2011
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:
• ‘Photography Blog of the Year’ by ‘Popular Vote’ Nigerian Blog Awards 2012
• “Carnet de Voyages” (c) Invisible Borders, Biennale Benin, Benin 2012
• 2nd Runner-up [2nd Draw] Amateur Photography Competition, Nigeria (2012)
• Nominee, Landscape Category, the Nigerian Photography Awards 2012
• ‘A Day in the World’ A publication by aday.org, Expressions of Humankind Foundation.
• #OccupyNigeria fuel subsidy protest feature in ‘’The Militant Weekly magazine” USA [February 2012]
• #OccupyNigeria fuel subsidy protest as flyer picture for ArtSpace RoundUp: The art and Space of Public Opinion Exhibition, Goethe Institute, Nigeria [February 2012]
• The Lagos Carnival 2011 and 2012, Lagos Eyo Festival 2012, Occupy Naija fuel Subsidy protest feature on many website, blogs and publications.
The Bella Naija Photo Stories Series [October 2011 – February 2012].
Below are links to the posts:
• The finale “From the frying pan to fuel protest”
• Nigerian cities landscape skyline
• Lagos Eyo Festival 2011
• Waste Wealth and the burden of a city
• Meet the kings of the Road
• Breaking a sweat on the streets
• Women of the underground economy