Events photography

Photography through the prism of time

After the discovery of the daguerreotype image process by the French Joseph Nicéphore Niepce and Louis Daguerre in the 19e of August 1937, the French government purchased the patent as a gift to the world. Thus, on the 19e of each August has been celebrated as World Photography Day and over time the date commemorates professional photographers who click as a hobby or professional photographers who make a living from it.

This year’s theme is: Pandemic Lockdown Through the Lens. He attempted to capture or view the events, people and places affected by Covid-19, telling each story uniquely through the use of photography.

Photography has come a long way and evolved from the 60s through the 70s and most of the 80s, where images were black and white and processing a single image took days. It took dedication from both photographers and clients, as it took dedication and patience for them to take a single photo. In this age, taking photos requires buying the right type of films, protecting them from incorrect exposure or light, setting them correctly in a camera with the correct ISO sensitivity. Not that alone, photographers waited to have the right balance of light and sometimes filters before taking pictures, without wasting film.

Nowadays, technology has taken care of all these tasks, starting in the late 90s when digital photography came into vogue. Today, everything has been simplified and made affordable, from large cinematographic or industrial cameras, to pocket cameras, to cameras as small as the size of a pen but with high resolutions. In addition to their portability, images from modern cameras are ready immediately after capture. The versatility of modern cameras suggests that little or no training is needed to take pictures, other than clicking the shutter. With a small memory card, you can get as many images as you want and also delete and resume as quickly as possible.

Today, the most commonly used snapshot device is the mobile phone. It is not only used to take photos but also videos. Social media has enabled this form of photography and has made almost everyone a photographer because people are taking pictures of themselves as selfies and uploading them to social networking sites.

However, that does not mean that there are no more professional photographers. Far from there. Indeed, photography has metamorphosed since it was the craft of the less literate in urban centers. Today, photography is a field of study in its own right, as universities and higher education institutions around the world are now creating programs for it. Some professional photographers earn millions from their images. The chief official White House photographer, Pete Souza, under the Obama administration is a renowned professional. There’s also Benjamin Von Wong, the Canadian photographer known for his environmental art and hyper-realistic styles. Here in Nigeria, we have Kelechi Amadi, one of the successful creative photographers, not to mention Toyin Sokefun Bello, also known as TY Bello, who has inspired many young Nigerians in photography.

Currently, the Public Affairs Department of Government Ministries has professional photographers attached to them in order to document and tell enjoyable stories. Politicians and public figures now understand the necessity and power of photography. Most of them now have personal professional photographers among their assistants. Even monarchs are not left out as the activities of the Olu of Warri are covered by Seun James Taiwo and the courteous Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, on the 14the Emir of Kano, has Uthman Maigaskiya who documents his activities.

A big name in the field of photography is the photographer of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Bayo Omoboriowo, who has stood out with his creative shots and style.

On a personal note, working for Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai for the past six years has truly been a great opportunity. My shots are virtually all over the world and my vintage stance has not only enhanced my skills and work ethic but has broadened my horizons as well. Additionally, mentorship and capacity building under the guidance of the Special Advisor on Media and Communication, Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye, has played a major role in shaping my professional journey.