Internationally acclaimed Nigerian-born, London-based free-lance news photographer George Osodi will introduce his work to the Greek public on Thursday in the framework of a series of meetings with artists organised by the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, coinciding with the opening of an exhibition of Osodi's photograph series titled "Oil Rich Niger Delta" (2003-2007).
The photojournalism and artistic documentary photographer's works, which often critically deal with his home country Nigeria, have already been displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions in many parts of the world. Osodi’s repertoire includes classic photographic motifs: portraits with dramatic foregrounds and backgrounds, formally composed close-ups and rhythmically structured still lifes - the only difference being that these images are not taken in a studio but are photographs of men, women and children living their everyday lives against the backdrop of the oil industry.
Osodi was born in 1974 in Lagos, Nigeria. He studied Management at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos and afterwards worked as a photoreporter for Comet Newspaper (1999-2002) and with Associated Press news agency (2002-2008). He has covered many assignments for local and international media, and his photos have been published in many international media, including the New York Times, Times Magazine, The Guardian of London, The Telegraph, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, Der Spiegel, CNN, BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, and many more.
He was awarded the first prize for the Fuji African Photojournalist of the year in 2004.
Entrance to the presentation is free for all, and a discussion with the audience will follow.