Following the critically-acclaimed landmark 2-volume African Ceremonies—for which they won a United Nations Award of Excellence—photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have collaborated once again with Faces of Africa, an unparalleled collection of more than 120 photographs. Drawn from their work over the past thirty years, this book is an inclusive look at the people and cultures from across this broad continent.
With their unique eye for Africa and its inhabitants, Beckwith and Fisher have brought forth a masterpiece in the genre—and a moving, personal tribute to some of the most beautiful people on Earth.
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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.
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
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