“By visually asking, If I strip Lagos of the color, what will I find?” is the question Logor of Monochrome Lagos has been asking for a while now as he walks around Lagos, taking photographs. He says that Lagos is to him what New York is to photographers like Gary Winnongrand, Robert Frank, Joel Meyerowitz and Robert Stanton of the “Humans of New York”.
Logor was one of those featured in the Young Contemporaries 2016 of Re.Le gallery earlier this year, but we had been no strangers to his work. We have encountered Logor via his work – and personally – and what exudes is his sustained curiosity about this city that is often known for its vibrant colour. So when you take that colour away, what’s left? (There is some insight into Logor’s process here and here.)
I have assumed the role of an observer of this great human carnival, the most populated African city famous for her manic ability to go from an embarrassing zero to an impressive hundred in all its aesthetics including her prized jewel – her Human Resources – the Lagosian. By visually asking “If I strip Lagos of the color, what will I find?”, Monochrome Lagos presents an alternative visual vocabulary through which to comprehend this city, one that strips Lagos down to its component parts, as an encounter between the individual and the built environment.