The Godfather Intervention

Nigerian photographer, Uche Okpa-Iroha digitally inserts himself into scenes from the gangster epic film, The Godfather. This series, titled Plantation Boy is a set of still images from focus scenes in the film. He said, “The Godfather is one of the best films ever, but it misrepresents and under-represents the black man, and as an artist I have to question that. I use humour to probe the media dynamics of race and examine the imbalance in Hollywood. My simple acts of intrusion show what was left out”

Simple acts of intrusion? Well for some; those who have watched the 44 year old movie over 100 times might find even the most subtle additions stark! However, Okpa challenges the stereotypical representations of African identity by taking centre stage.

Okpa serves drinks at the initial meeting with Solazzo. © Uche Okpa-Iroha
He perfectly places himself at the centre of the shot on this, the-day-of-the-wedding of Vito’s daughter. © Uche Okpa-Iroha
Confronting the coppers. © Uche Okpa-Iroha
He joins the group of bodyguards sent to protect Michael Corleone in Sicily. © Uche Okpa-Iroha
Okpa looks in to see what the noise is about. © Uche Okpa-Iroha
Leave the gun, take the cannoli. © Uche Okpa-Iroha