SAHARA Highlights: Adeyemi Akande

Sep 5, 2019 by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors

Adeyemi Akande was the 2016 recipient of the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship from the SAH. A resident of Nigeria, where he teaches architecture at the University of Lagos, he used his fellowship to focus on western religious architecture, visiting key sites throughout western Europe. He noted how challenging it had been to teach buildings that he had never visited in person and saw the Brooks program as the ideal way to understand them in a new way by seeing them firsthand. Now, his excellent photographs from that trip, which he uses to illustrate his classroom lectures, may also be of much broader use through SAHARA.

In addition to his photographs of the icons of western religious architecture, Professor Akande’s contributions to SAHARA include some important modernist structures in Nigeria. All of these images testify to his care with his photography and significantly enrich the collection’s holding of religious buildings throughout the world.

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1 Karnak HSAHARA__1113_42707669
Hypostyle Hall in the Precinct of Amun-Re, Karnak Temple, Karnak, Egypt, c. 1290-1224 B.C.E. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, March, 2018.

2 Dionysus HSAHARA__1113_42707983
Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, Athens, Greece, 4th century B.C.E. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, January, 2018.

3 St Albans HSAHARA__1113_42708792
St. Albans Cathedral, Hertfordshire, England, begun 11th century. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, August, 2017.

4 Winchester HSAHARA__1113_42707848
Winchester Cathedral nave, Winchester, England, begun 11th century. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, June, 2017.

5 Girona HSAHARA__1113_42707713
Girona Cathedral, Girona, Catalonia, Spain, begun 11th century; west front begun 1606; stairs completed 1607. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, November, 2017.

6 Dresden HSAHARA__1113_42708990
Constantin Lipsius, Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, 1887-1894. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, July, 2017.

7 Ibadan HSAHARA__1113_25662588
George Pace, Chapel of the Resurrection, University of Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria, 1950s. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, 2013.

8 Library HSAHARA__1113_25656608
Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, Kenneth Dike Library of the University of Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria, 1953-1958. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, 2013.