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A Look At LagosPhoto: 'The Megacity and the Non-City'

The 4th edition of LagosPhoto, themed 'The Megacity and the Non-City,' marked another stunning series for Nigeria's only international photo festival.

This weekend marks the end of the stunning fourth edition of LagosPhoto, Nigeria's first and only international arts festival of photography. The monthlong program featured over fifty photographers spanning fifteen countries, including OKA favorites Hauwa R. Mukan (Nigeria), Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya), Samuel Fosso (Cameroon), Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe), Obi Nwokedi (Nigeria), and Lakin Ogunbanwo (Nigeria). This year's theme, The Megacity and the Non-City, looked at Africa's expanding urban landscape, replete with contradictions, grey areas, and sites of dispute. Especially monumental was the participation of self-portrait megastar Samuel Fosso- his first time exhibiting in the country he grew up in. With The Emperor of Africa, which made its premiere at LagosPhoto, the many faced photographer posed as Mao Zedong for a five photo interpretation of Sino-African relations. Above we showcase some incredible (really incredible) photos from this year's series. For more from LagosPhoto head here.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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