Nadine Ijewere: Our Own Shelves is a new fashion photography coffee table book from the first Black woman to shoot the cover of Vogue, and as you would expect, it is absolutely stunning!
London-born fashion photographer Nadine Ijewere is renowned for being the first Black woman to shoot the cover of Vogue in the magazine’s 125-year global history, when she photographed Dua Lipa, Binx Walton, and Letitia Wright in 2018, and for her ground-breaking work in deconstructing the industry’s stereotypes with stylish portraits that champion the diversity of models.
Encased in a hefty and beautifully bound coffee table format, Nadine Ijewere: Our Own Shelves features more than 160 photographs, commemorating a visual record of her remarkable career that has made her one of the most sought-after fashion photographers today.
From dazzling colours, dreamlike backgrounds and fierce gazes of beautiful women, this book is a celebration of identity and individual human beauty and features powerful works 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.
Nadine Ijewere fell in love with craft and photography from a young age and studied at the London College of Fashion. Her photography draws on her roots in Nigeria and Jamaica, and shines a light on her own experiences as a young Black woman in South East London whose skin colour, hair, and body type were nowhere to be found in the pages of magazines.
In addition to the powerful colour photographs spanning fashion work, editorials, advertisements, and film stills, the book includes an essay by Dazed’s Executive Editorial Director Lynette Nylander.
Speaking about what her book means to her, Ijewere commented: “This book is an insight to my journey thus far, it is a book about women. My work has always had underlying themes of identity and diversity, celebrating our differences, reframing what beauty has stereotypically been and creating a space to elevate women of colour.”
Buy Nadine Ijewere: Our Own Shelves published by Prestel | RRP £39.99