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Faces of Africa : thirty years of photography
Beckwith, Carol, 1945-
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Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2004]

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358 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
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The award-winning photographers and authors of African Ceremonies present a stunning selection of full-color portrait photographs from across Africa, spanning every region of the continent, from the Islamic Africans of the North, to the tribal cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, to the people of the Sou

Author Notes

Carol Beckwith has been cited by United Press International as "foremost among photographers who have recorded the cultures of Africa." She is the author of Masai, Nomads of Niger, and African Ark.

Angela Fisher is the author of the internationally acclaimed Africa Adorned, and African Ark, co-authored with Beckwith.

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Booklist Review

The several hundred photographs in this album depict the traditional life of African peoples, as the authors captured it over three decades of work. Beckwith and Fisher have published several pricey collections devoted to the practices of particular groups (e.g., Nomads of Niger, 1983, and Maasai, 1990), so this work stands as an affordable anthology of their careers. Without doubt, Beckwith and Fisher compose beautiful and arresting images, capturing a range of emotions that leap from the pictures. They are especially drawn to ceremonies, including initiation into man- or womanhood, courtship and marriage, propitiation of the spirit world, and death. Consequently, their subjects are always dressed in their best for the occasion, and striking body paint, hairstyles, masks, clothing, and ornamentation are on full display. Whether capturing the exuberance of a dance or simply an attractive face, Beckwith and Fisher exude a joy in premodern African cultures that viewers will immediately share. --Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This striking coffee table study offers rare visages of Africa?that vast continent most often examined only through news reports of insurrection, plague and famine. Rather than view African cultures as an indistinguishable whole, seasoned photographers Beckwith and Fisher carefully focus on the varied life journeys and rituals of the peoples they have encountered over three decades of travel in 36 countries. From Ethiopia to Senegal to Namibia, they crisscross the continent to capture traditional rites of passage, starting with a Kassena woman who ritually awakens her newborn with his first cold bath in Ghana. They record a young Masai boy?s circumcision in Kenya, attend a Wodaabe charm dance in Niger and witness a Dogon funeral dance in Mali. Although the authors provide detailed captions, text is otherwise spare; instead, these arresting portraits rely almost entirely on the pair?s illuminating photography. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.