Featured Photographer #4 – Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi
#4 in our Featured Photographer Series – Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi
Self-taught photographer Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi emigrated from Nigeria to England in the late 1940s and settled in Cable Street in London’s East End.
As a talented artist, he discovered photography as a medium that could capture instantly the vibrant new community he had adopted as his own.
Ajetunmobi – or ‘Tex’ as he was affectionately known – died in 1994, leaving a huge collection of photos and negatives that were put into storage. They were discovered by his niece Victoria Loughran who took it upon herself to show the archive to a wider audience. PYMCA have been lucky enough to represent the collection since 2004.
Bandele’s photographs depict ordinary people of all races going about their everyday lives. Intimate portraits range from mixed couples in pubs and groups of young revellers, to people in domestic settings. They also give a unique insight into the fashion and style of the Afro-Caribbean community in London in the 1960s and 70s and showcase the diverse mixing of cultures happening in London at the time.
Check out more of Bandele’s images at www.pymca.com