Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Sep 05, 2019
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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Hypostyle Hall in the Precinct of Amun-Re, Karnak Temple, Karnak, Egypt, c. 1290-1224 B.C.E. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, March, 2018.
Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, Athens, Greece, 4th century B.C.E. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, January, 2018.
St. Albans Cathedral, Hertfordshire, England, begun 11th century. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, August, 2017.
Winchester Cathedral nave, Winchester, England, begun 11th century. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, June, 2017.
Girona Cathedral, Girona, Catalonia, Spain, begun 11th century; west front begun 1606; stairs completed 1607. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, November, 2017.
Constantin Lipsius, Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, 1887-1894. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, July, 2017.
George Pace, Chapel of the Resurrection, University of Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria, 1950s. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, 2013.
Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, Kenneth Dike Library of the University of Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria, 1953-1958. Photograph by Adeyemi Akande, 2013.