Photographer Jonathan Adagogo Green was one of the best at his profession. He was also one of the first photographers with connections in high places. Green has been recognized as an important voice for Nigeria’s early modernist art movement.
Green was born into a prominent family. He was the son of a high Chief of a prominent House in Bonny, Rivers State. He was educated and was always socially accepted by his peers.
Green is recognized as being responsible for the now very famous photograph of Oba Ovonramwen of Benin on the navy ship (SS Ivy) taking him into exile in 1897, while it was anchored off the Bonny River en route Calabar. However, Green’s work covered a wide range of themes including portraiture, scenes of daily and ritual life, commerce, and building
Green died in 1905, he was 32. His remains lie in an all-marble tomb, imported from Belgium, in Bonny, Rivers State.