Jide Alakija is an internationally renowned photographer with over 10 years’ experience in shooting multicultural weddings, documentaries and editorial campaigns. Alakija’s assignments have taken him across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the U.S.
Regularly piquing the interest of international icons and A-list celebrities through his captivating eye, Alakija’s recent clients include Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka; hip hop artist and producer, J.Cole; acclaimed novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; and Didier Drogba, former Chelsea F.C. soccer player.
Art collectors and galleries around the world currently showcase Alakija’s work. Most recently, the Smithsonian Institute shortlisted ‘Invisible Cities No. 1’ for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institute Collection. His highly coveted ‘Normal Lies’ piece, depicting two young children sneakily covering their eyes in a slum in Lagos, Nigeria was purchased by international soccer legend, Sol Campbell for an undisclosed fee.
Keen to share his extensive expertise with the next generation, Alakija hosts photography workshops around the world and runs various mentoring programs in West Africa for underprivileged photography students.
Passionate about African modern art, Alakija is the co-owner of TAFETA, a private art dealership specializing in 20th century and contemporary African art. Based in London, the gallery regularly showcases at some of the word’s premier art events including Art Basel, The Hamptons Art Fair and Frieze London Art Fair; and represents renowned names like Yinka Shonibare, MBE on the African continent.
Alakija cites the work of legendary photographers, Sebastião Salgado and Steve McCurry, known for capturing stories in black and white and color respectably, as his biggest inspirations.
He holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in Engineering from Imperial College, London, England. Alakija resides in Brooklyn, New York
Creating compelling portraits and moments in the least expected environments and with very little gear
Session description: Having photographed over 300 weddings or varying guest sizes from as little as 10 to 5000 guests all over the world, Jide has have come to find that you have to solve problems using a minimal amount of camera equipment, the available light in your environment and whatever you can find in your space. This happens under pressure with very little time to produce the most amazing images you can and this is especially true when you have larger weddings, where there is so much at stake.
Through this session Jide will demonstrate how he has have learned tricks to produce the best from any given situation, using just two camera bodies, two lenses, a speed light and a video light.
After this session participants will be able to:
- Solve problems
- Removing clutter in your photos
- Work in any scene
- Creating compositions that will tell the most attention grabbing stories.