Nigerian photographer featured on Instagram's official account

The internationally acclaimed photographer, whose photographs have been exhibited all over the world, was featured on the official Instagram official account some hours ago for his outstanding work.

Photographer, Andrew Eseibo, was featured on Instagram for his outstanding work.

Nigerians usually get featured for negative on most major online media platforms but photographer, Andrew Eseibo is not one of them.

The internationally acclaimed photographer, whose photographs have been exhibited all over the world, was featured on the official Instagram official account some hours ago for his outstanding work. The post which quoted Eseibo, while speaking on his early days as a struggling photographer in Lagos, Nigeria, as saying, “Back then, I would take pictures with my film camera, scan them and email to Paul for his feedback. And at some point, he sent me books with titles on light, camera equipment, the business of photography and darkroom processing. I studied those books religiously and acquired the confidence to be more creative and skillful with my camera.”

Paul was – and still is Eseibo’s benefactor – a photographer based in Minneapolis, the United States who helped Eseibo kickstart his career and perfect his craft. The post reads thus:

“Internet was new and very expensive in Lagos, Nigeria, when aspiring young photographer Andrew Esiebo (@andrewesiebo) attempted his online search for a mentor. he says. But in that brief moment, he connected with Paul, a photographer and blogger in Minneapolis, Minnesota — and began a correspondence that continues to this day. “Back then, I would take pictures with my film camera, scan them and email to Paul for his feedback. And at some point, he sent me books with titles on light, camera equipment, the business of photography and darkroom processing. I studied those books religiously and acquired the confidence to be more creative and skillful with my camera.” Almost 15 years later, Andrew’s photographs have been exhibited and published around the world, and he continues to post to the Internet to fill “global visual representation gaps” about his homeland. He adds, “Lagos is a city of contrasts. There’s slums and posh areas, congestions and tranquilities, tension and calm, hopes and despairs. There’s spaces for everybody in the city.”

This turn of events shines a light on Nigeria’s ocean of reputable talent. The entire Nigerian online community looks forward to more of such Nigerians coming to the forefront on the international stage.

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