Uchechukwu James-Iroha, Realities of self-help, Power and Powers Series, 2012, Photograph, Courtesy of the artist
Uchechukwu James-Iroha (b. 1972, Nigeria) studied sculpture at the University of Port Harcourt Art School in Nigeria and started taking photographs in 1996. He is a prominent figure in the new generation of Nigerian photographers. Pairing the documentation of everyday life with creative imagery, his work expands the possibility of photography within a local context. His images reflect the diversity of people who form the mix of cultures and influences in Lagos, a fast-growing megacity in Nigeria. In 2008 he received the Prince Claus Award in the Netherlands for his photography work and energetic support for young artists. His series Fire, Flesh and Blood, a series depicting open-air abattoirs, won the Élan Prize at the 2005 biennial exhibition in Mali African Photography Encounters. He is a founding member of Depth of Field (DOF), a collective of photographers who exhibit in Nigeria and abroad. Uche also mentors emerging photographers through workshops and seminars.