Working at the confluence of fashion photography and classical portraiture, young Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo creates enigmatic portraits with an erotic and subversive undertone. His subjects exist defiantly in the frame often masked by shadow, drapery and foliage. His use of vibrant flat color and bold compositions form a more minimalist homage to the African studio photography popular in the 1960s and 70’s.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1987 Lakin Ogunbanwo studied Law at Babcock University, Nigeria and Buckingham University, England before beginning work as a fashion photographer in 2012. His work has been featured in the Times New York, ID online, British GQ and Riposte Magazine. He has completed commercial work for The New Yorker, Vogue Italia, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Bon Magazine, ELLE South Africa, and Wall Paper Magazine. Solo exhibitions include Are We Good Enough (2015) and New Work (2014) at WHATIFTHEWORLD, and Portraits by Lakin Ogunbanwo (2013) at Rooke & van Wyk Gallery in Johannesburg. Recent group exhibitions include Dey Your Lane! at BOZAAR, Lagos Photo Festival 2016 and Art x Lagos in Nigeria, and Art 14 in London.
Ogunbanwo has recently been recognised by the British Journal of Photography as one of the Top 25 Photographers of 2015 in their annual Ones to Watch edition.
On September 9 & 10 Labs Studio offered the opportunity to have commissioned portraits taken by celebrated Nigerian photographer, Lakin Ogunbanwo. All proceeds from these sessions benefited Red Hook Labs Education and Jobs Initiative. This event participated in National Arts in Education Week! #ArtsEdWeek #BecauseOfArtsEd