Chief S.O. Alonge did something previously unheard of during his 50 year engagement as the photographer of the royal court of Benin, Nigeria: he focused his lens back onto his own people. As the first indigenous royal court photographer, his photos shied away from the rigid, formal style of his colonial predecessors. 

Alonge’s photographs and legacy are remembered in a newly opened exhibition at the National Museum of African Art, “Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria.” The exhibit runs through Sept. 2015. You can read more about Alonge, as well as the exhibition, here.

My name is Nicole Galinson and I am a student photographer from Los Angeles. I am currently 16 years old and have studied analog photography, both color and black and white, at my high school and at UCLA. This year I am enrolled in a digital course and will be learning the fundamentals to proper digital photography, so bear with me. I mainly shoot friends and family in my bedroom turned makeshift studio and travel photography. I draw inspiration from photographers celebrated in the world of fashion such as Herb Ritts, Walter Chin, and Greg Gorman, as this is the field of photography I wish to pursue. This year I will be challenging myself to step out of the comforting confines of fashion, travel, and portraiture photography and explore documentary, street, and still life. I am hopeful that my blog will serve as an exhibition of my passion, work, and journey.