This essay aims to focus on the exhibition Niger Delta Fototales, a photo exhibition on the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence, showing PEOPLES, Artifacts and ISSUES of the Niger Delta: Novotel Hotels, Port Harcourt. I take it that “the photographic paradox,” “the coexistence of two texts, one without a code (the photographic analogue), the other with a code (the ‘art’/the treatment; the’ writing’/the photographic rhetoric)” is at the heart of the photographic matter. I will try to explore these concepts of modern communication beyond a mere account of this momentous event by interrogating the messages encrypted in a select number of images from this display using the vital resources of contemporary scholarship in an attempt at Explaining the essence of the photo essay itself. Therefore, the foundations of the collaborative encoded features that intuit the photograph metonymically unfold the contingent domains of memory and subjectivity in a reading that imbricates the meaning of the punctum in the examination of the study’s rhetoric. “It is appropriate to accept that since the idea of eloquence falls as far below the definition of painting as sight is more powerful than words, it is wisdom to conclude, as the Chinese saying goes,” One picture is worth a thousand words!
Graves, P. Nelson,
Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
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