Following a few weeks break to promote her Poetry Album- In Memory of Forgetting and its visual accompaniments, Wana Udobang has released the latest installment of her ongoing interview series- Culture Diaries. This week on her couch is the award winning photographer and artist, Uche Okpa Iroha
At the start of the interview Iroha speaks candidly of his initial experience with photography and his drive to learn the craft he fell in love with. He positions photography as more than just picture taking but really a contribution to society’s voice
A distinction that has become necessary given the digital revolution which has brought with it more access to photography and its tools but also a proliferation of photographers.
In the interview, Iroha also goes on to encourage Nigerian photographers to do more with the craft, to reflect Nigeria’s polity, imagery and societal issues as well as be in the forefront of topical issues.
The interview concludes with Iroha explaining his evolution from an artist to someone heralding artists. With platforms such as the Biggest Open Range, Photo Party Lagos and numerous other collectives, of which he is a part, Iroha has metamorphosised into a gate keeper of sorts.
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