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Our Own Selves
Nadine Ijewere

Our Own Selves, Nadine Ijewere

Our Own Selves, Nadine IjewereOur Own Selves
Nadine Ijewere

Text by Lynette Nylander and Nadine Ijewere.


192 pages
240 × 280 mm
ISBN 9783791387765


A celebration of identity and individual human beauty, this vibrant monograph is the first book dedicated to fashion photographer Nadine Ijewere—the first Black woman photographer to land a cover of Vogue in the magazine’s 125-year history.

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. Ijewere’s vibrantly colored, brilliantly staged pictures often focus on themes of identity and diversity, and feature nontraditional subjects that celebrate the uniqueness of disparate cultures. 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. At the vanguard of a history-changing artistic movement, Ijewere’s remarkable career has made her one of the most sought-after fashion photographers working today.

About the Artist
Nadine Ijewere (b. 1992) 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.

Leaving university, she went straight into taking her own pictures, crediting social media with helping her to establish relationships with collaborators casting models from Instagram, and enabling her to gradually build her reputation.

Ijewere shoots for numerous publications such as  WSJ magazine, British Vogue, Vogue US, Vogue Italia, Luncheon, and More or Less. Her January 2019 cover story with Dua Lipa, Binx Walton, and Letitia Wright made Ijewere the first woman of colour to shoot the cover of any Vogue edition in the magazine’s 125-year history. she has also worked with Dior, Hermes,  Stella McCartney, Nina Ricci, and Valentino Red, creating still and film campaigns.

She is the recipient of the ICP Award 2020.

About the Publisher 
Prestel specialises in illustrated book publishers with crafted books on all aspects of art, architecture, photography and design. From the latest pop culture and fashion to major exhibition catalogues and a comprehensive selection of fiction and non-fiction.

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