Yagazie Emezi is a self-taught documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria. She began her journey in 2015 and has since been commissioned by Al-Jazeera, New York Times, Vogue, Time Magazine, Refinery29, Everyday Projects, and UNFPA. She has also been featured by British Journal of Photography, Huffington Post, Nieman Reports, Mashable, Newsweek, and Buzzfeed. In 2017, she was a participant of the World Press Photo Masterclass West Africa and is a contributor to Everyday Africa. After ten months in Monrovia, Liberia documenting the impact of education for girls in at-risk communities, Yagazie returned to her ongoing project Re-learning Bodies.

Re-learning Bodies, now in its second year was started in Nigeria and explores how trauma survivors with African communities, outside the narrative of violence and abuse, adapt to their new bodies while marking the absence of an effusive culture around body positivity as a noteworthy cultural phenomenon. 

Yagazie is a recipient of the 2018 inaugural Creative Bursary Award from Getty Images and is a participant of the 2018 New York Portfolio Review. She was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and profiled in the February 2018 issue of Vogue Magazine (Modern Families With A Cause). 

She is currently travelling for work and is represented by Native Agency.


PUBLICATIONS

2017 The Ease of Monrovia's 'Hipco' Clubs, New York Times

2017  Why We Need More Visual Journalists and Editors of Color, Nieman Reports

2017  30 Photographers Re-Picturing A Continent, Everyday Africa

2016  Photographer’s Guide to Lagos, Format Magazine

2016  Who Will You Meet Along the Way?, Borders Within, The Trans-Nigerian Roadtrip


TALKS

2017  Rethinking Creation in the Digital Age, FCAEA & Everyday Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

2016  Narratives Through Photography, Social Media Week Lagos

2015  Limitations to Exploring Photography Off the Streets, Rele Gallery. Lagos, Nigeria

2015  Connecting to the Consumer, What We Know and How to Utilize it, Mobile West Africa. Lagos, Nigeria


EXHIBITIONS

2017  Insider/Outsider, Women Photograph Photoville, NYC

2017  Body Talk, Refinery29 Photoville, NYC

2017  Re-picturing a Continent, Alliance Francais, Nairobi, Kenya

2016  LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, USA

2016  The Everyday Projects at FotoIstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

Using Format