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 story telling with the aid of pictures and audio recordings to better understand as well as to show his connection to the issues that confronts him daily.
Opara’s works has been exhibited severally both locally and Internationally, notably amongst which are; AAF/Nigerian Breweries exhibition in Lagos, Abuja and Amsterdam. First Photo Africa exhibition, Spain. “TIMELESS BENIN”, Lagos. “THIS IS LAGOS” at Coningsby Gallery, London. “LAGOSPHOTO”, 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.
He is the winner of World Environment Day photography competition 2007, Life in my City Art competition 2009, First Photo Africa contest, Spain 2008, Piclet Award for Photography 2012. He is a two-time nominee of World Press Photo Joop Swart Master class in documentary Photography, was nominated for the National Geographic All Roads Master class, a two-time nominee of the Prix Pictet Prize and also a two-time nominee of the Magnum “EMERGENCY FUND”.
Adolphus has worked for several local and international media, NGO’s and corporate organizations. His works have also be published in; The new African Magazine, Bloomberg TV, Financial Times (FT), Guardian London, PRIVATE magazine, LAGOS City at Work, TIMEOUT Nigeria, World Press Photo ENTER, WINGS, Klang Sehen, African United (published by the World Press Photo), New African Magazine, HIGHLIFE (British airways inflight magazine), John Hopkins University Journal, The New York Times and The ECONIMIST amongst other
Opara has facilitated photography workshops for UNICEF on “Child right reporting” and he is also the co-initiator of “The Silent Majority Project”