It is striking that that the topics we discussed in those days with Achebe are still here and more unabashedly direct and bona-fide.
Eliot Elisofon did not cast "new light" or "refine Africa in a new and a complex
When the great Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe died this April, one of the photographs used repeatedly to illustrate stories or obituaries was a portrait taken of him in 1959 by the American photographer Eliot Elisofon. It is useful to unpack the image, a conventional portrait of Achebe leaning on a desk with two copies of Things Fall Apart in front of him. A photograph, a snapshot, the filtering of the lost moment, is always more than the visual graphics and the intended 'message' it proffers to mediate.