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Dates:  1955 - 1989, December
Born:  Nigeria, Lagos
 
  
Nigerian-born photographer who did his most famous work in conjunction with his partner Alex Hirst. The photographs have highly homo-erotic overtones.

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Approved biography for Rotimi Fani-Kayode
Courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK)

 
  
Rotimi Fani-Kayode was a founder member of ‘Autograph’, the Association of Black Photographers in London. He experimented with colour photography of the black male nude, using symbols derived from his native Nigerian culture. The homoerotic desire of black males was explored in his book Black Male / White Male of 1988 and his contribution to Ecstatic Antibodies (1990). His vigorous use of colour and original use of symbolism seem to reflect both Nigerian tradition and the new possibilities of expression and political debate in London in the 1980's. 
  
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Victoria & Albert Museum and is included here with permission. 
  
Date last updated: 11 Nov 2011. 
  
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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 
  
 
  
 
  
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