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Mon Afrique : photographs of sub-saharan Africa
Maitre, Pascal, 1955-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Aperture Foundation, Inc., [2000]

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159 pages : color illustrations ; 28 x 31 cm
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DT4.5 .M35 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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An Intimate View of the Diverse Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa In a convergence of brilliant color and compelling visual narrative, this new collection of photographs by Pascal Maitre reveals an Africa unfamiliar to most Westerners. He portrays a wide range of experience in sub-Saharan Africa: in Niger's desert, soldiers juggle goats and machine guns; within the forest, a rosary dangles from the chest of a warrior in a Bassorian initiation ceremony. In this startlingly beautiful land, ornamented by the marks of human struggle and worship, contradictions are plentiful. Rich in detail and elegant composition, Maitre's photographs immerse us in an Africa beyond the familiar media depictions. He shows an Africa living with the contradictions of tradition and modernization, of ritual headdresses and plastic flip-flops, of tribal wars and machine guns, of ancestral deities and nonbelievers. Covering an immense geographic area with numerous visits, Maitre has been exhaustive in his quest to show the Africa that he has come to understand and love. A lively preface by Cameroon-born author Calixthe Beyala sets the stage for Mon Afrique

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Booklist Review

For more than 20 years, Maitre has made sub-Saharan Africa his beat, producing rhapsodically beautiful pictures while frankly documenting the vast subcontinent's political turbulence. His photos ravish the senses because of his painterly handling of light and color, regardless whether what they depict is chilling, endearing, fascinating, or merely reportorial. Maitre displays the pictures geographically, in four sections simply called "Western Africa," "Central Africa," "Eastern Africa," and "Southern Africa." For each photo, the nation and year in which it was made appear in lieu of a title, and a caption reports relevant facts. Journalist Jean-Claude Nouveliere succinctly introduces each region, and Cameroon novelist Calixthe Beyala's spirited, autobiographical foreword, "Our Africa Came on Sundays," squelches sentimentality over "troubled Africa" and proclaims that the human spirit is as enduring there as it is anywhere. --Ray Olson