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A Vanished World
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A stunning photographic record of cultures at the farthest edges of civilization by the world's greatest living explorer.Wilfred Thesiger's photography career started during a hunting expedition to Ethiopia at age twenty. Three years later he returned to explore the Awash River and photograph the ferocious Danakil, who were reputed to mutilate any traveler they encountered. In the Sudan he photographed the Muslim tribes in Northern Darfur, pagan Nuer in the Western Nile swamps, and magnificent Nuba wrestlers. The visual drama of Arabia's deserts was the backdrop to Thesiger's emergence as a master of the portrait. In that harsh environment he captures the striking faces of Bedu companions posing unselfconsciously for his camera. In contrast, tranquil images of reeds, lagoons, and waterways characterize his matchless portraits of the Marsh Arabs of Iraq, whose way of life has now completely disappeared. Subsequent journeys took him to remote areas of Kurdistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, and finally to northern Kenya, where he lived for many years. This book is the summation of a unique and magnificent career. Duotone photographs. Duotone photographs.
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"Wilfred Thesiger's superb portraits of tribal peoples have earned him worldwide recognition as a photographer. Using a box camera which had belonged to his father, he began his photographic career in 1930, at the age of twenty, during a short hunting trip in Ethiopia, and used the same camera to photograph hostile Danakil tribesmen when he returned three years later to explore the Awash river." "Whilst in the Sudan, and now equipped with a Leica 35mm camera, Thesiger portrayed Muslim tribes in Northern Darfur, pagan Nuer in the Western Nile swamps and magnificent Nuba wrestlers. Among Ethiopia's Danakil he had travelled as a European accompanied by servants, but here he lived on increasingly equal terms with his followers. His photography mirrors this changed attitude - rather than simply recording people, places and events, he began to select and compose his subjects more carefully." "These unique portraits were all taken under exceptional conditions, often in particularly hostile environments. Together, they provide a magnificent pictorial record of diverse cultures and vanished worlds."--BOOK JACKET.
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