Adolphus Opara’s work is induced by encounters with people and their daily effort to exist amidst obstacles that define and situate their individual locality. He uses visual storytelling with the aid of pictures to better understand as well as to show his connection to the issues that confront him daily.
Opara’s works have been exhibited severally both locally and Internationally, notably amongst which are; Photo-Africa Exhibition, Spain. “LAGOS PHOTO”, Lagos. “African Lace” at the Museum fur Vulkerkunde, Vienna, Austria. National Museum, Lagos. Bonhams, London. Tate Modern, London. Bamako Encounters, Bamako – Mali. Tiwani Contemporary, London. The Guardian Gallery, London. Brundyn and Gonsalves, Cape Town, South Africa. Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos. PHOTO QUAI Biennale, Paris – France. Vorarlberg Museum, Bregenz – Austria. Obscura Festival, Malaysia, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BOZA) – Belgium, The Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, Hutchins Centre for African and African America Research, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
He is a multi-award-winning photographer and has been nominated for several prestigious international art prizes.
His works are in several International Private Art Collections as well as Museums and Galleries including; Museum fur Vulkerkunde Vienna-Austria, Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research-Massachusetts USA and the Harvard Art Collection, Harvard University, USA.
Adolphus has worked for several local and international media and organizations and his works have been published both in print and electronic media in notable publications, a few of which are; Bloomberg TV, Financial Times (FT), Guardian London, PRIVATE magazine, TIMEOUT Nigeria, World Press Photo ENTER, WINGS, Klang Sehen, HIGHLIFE (British airways inflight magazine), John Hopkins University Journal, The New York Times and The ECONOMIST.
Opara has lectured in several photography workshops and classes including; the UNICEF workshop on “Child right reporting” for media professionals, The Silent Majority Project” Lagos and Yuganda, The Nnlele Institute Lagos (African Centre for photography), Silent Majority Prison workshop (at the Kirikiri Maximum prison Lagos, Nigeria), The Nigerian Institute of journalism Lagos, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge USA.
He is Co-founder, Foundation for Arts and Social Integration and the Creative Director of African Great Ventures (owners of The Creative Photography Masterclass)