Chief S. O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria, Exhibit
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From September 17, 2014 to July 31, 2016, the National Museum of African Art celebrated the history of Nigerian photography. This exhibition featured the collection of Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge, one of Nigeria's premiere early photographers. As an official photographer to the Royal Court of the Benin, Alonge documented the rituals, pageantry, and regalia of the court for over a half-century. Also highlighted are works of art from Benin in the museum's permanent collection and rare collections of Nigerian photography in the museum's Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives.
- Alonge, Solomon Osagie
- Elisofon, Eliot
- National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
- Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria (Exhibition) (2014-2016: National Museum of African Art)
Chronology of Smithsonian History
- Solomon Osagie Alonge was a self-taught photographer and pioneer of Nigerian photography. He was the first official photographer for the royal court of Benin City, Nigeria, and a chief in the Iwebo palace society. Alonge's record of Nigerian royalty and social class is one of the most extensive and well-preserved collections from the period.
- "Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria", Smithsonian Exhibition Catalogue, September 17, 2014 - July 31, 2016, http://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/Details/Royal-Benin-Art-in-the-Collection-of-the-National-Museum-of-African-Art-1211.
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
September 17, 2014 to July 31, 2016
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