Her cover story with Dua Lipa, Binx Walton and Letitia Wright made Nadine Ijewere the first woman of colour to shoot the cover of any Vogue edition in the magazine’s 125-year history. Our Own Selves is her first monograph, which puts together her editorial, commercial and personal work in one volume.
Publisher: Prestel (2021)
Dazzling color, dreamlike backgrounds, and a fierce gaze are the hallmarks of Ijewere’s work. But most important to the London photographer is subversion of traditional concepts of beauty. In fashion work, editorials, advertisements, and film stills, Ijewere draws not only on her roots in Nigeria and Jamaica, but also on her own experiences as a young Black woman in South East London whose skin color, hair, and body type were nowhere to be found in the pages of magazines.
This first monograph includes images from her series of Jamaicans across different generations; photographs of young people defying gender norms on the streets of Lagos; along with editorial work she has created for Vogue, and fashion shoots for Stella McCartney, Dior, Gap, Hermes, and Valentino.
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Book Specs: Our Own Selves by Nadine Ijewere published by Prestel (2021) | With contributions from Lynette Nylander | Hardcover, linen | 192 pages | 24,0 x 28,0 cm | 160 color illustrations | ISBN: 978-3-7913-8776-5. Available here.
Nadine Ijewere (b1992) is a south-east London born photographer. Her work focuses primarily on the subjects of identity and diversity, informed by her own Nigerian / Jamaican background. She is drawn to non-traditional faces with the aim of showcasing a new standard of beauty and giving life to the uniqueness of disparate cultures. While at school, Nadine took up photography among her more academic subjects. But she found herself drawn to the creative side and went on to study photography at UAL’s London College of Fashion.
She is the recipient of the ICP Award 2020.
Video: 2020 Infinity Award: Applied—Nadine Ijewere (ICP)