Item description for Vanishing Africa by Gianni Giansanti...
Overview Five hundred color photographs document the wild and remote southern region of Ethiopia in a book dedicated to the customs and cultures of the isolated, ancient, and endangered tribes of the Omo River Valley.
A dead branch of the Rift Valley, worn hills and plains beaten by the relentless sun, this is the region that spreads around the valley of the Omo River. The wild and remote southern region of Ethiopia only appeared on maps little over a century ago when the first European explorers discovered there a mosaic of ethnic groups. These are peoples that have remained isolated for centuries and that have retained their cultures and customs intact to the present day-peoples like the Surma, Mursi, Karo and many more. By examining a region in the heart of the Black Continent, the book attempts to trace the roots of remotest Africa: the cradle of man, where ancestral bonds with nature still exist. By means of his camera and his pen, in this book the authors have encapsulated long years of study of the peoples and ethnic groups of this continent, in search of vanishing Africa.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.5" Width: 10.25" Height: 10.25" Weight: 6.2 lbs.
Release Date Nov 27, 2004
Publisher White Star
ISBN 8854400068 ISBN13 9788854400061
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More About Gianni Giansanti
Jeff Israely has been the Rome bureau chief for "TIME" magazine since 2001, responsible for the magazine's coverage of Italy and the Vatican. Prior to this, he was a correspondent in Rome for the "Associated Press" and the "Boston Globe." He lives in Rome with his wife and their two children. Photojournalist Gianni Giansanti won first prize at the World Press Conference in Amsterdam for his report on a day in the private life of Pope John Paul II, published in 1988. He is also the author of "Vanishing Africa" (White Star).
Reviews - What do customers think about Vanishing Africa?
Very good Aug 30, 2007
The pictures in this book are absolutely great. They are mainly portraits, however I find it amazing how the faces really tell stories. As you may have noticed the book is big, and you will have much material to look at. There are also many text explanations which complete the whole. I must say that viewing this book really felt like a journey to Africa.
Tremendous piece of History! Apr 19, 2007
I can basically just agree with the other reviewers. This is a travellog published to the highest of standards. The photographs are HUGE and vibrant and speak volumes about a lost culture that should be documented.
TRIBAL AFRICA UP CLOSE Mar 11, 2007
THE PHOTOGRAPHY HERE IS BEAUTIFUL...THE FACES OF EACH PERSON ARE PHOTOGRAPHED UP CLOSE AND THE EMOTION OF THE PEOPLE COMES ALIVE IN THE EYES, THE TRIBAL COLORS ON THE FACES, AND THE WRITTEN EXPLINATION OF EACH PHOTO. THE BOOK WITH THE PEOPLE IN IT ARE LOOKING BACK AT YOU AS IF YOU ARE BEING OBSERVED AND NOT THEM....................EXCELLENT IN ALL WAYS.
Achaic is amazing Jan 9, 2007
This is a beatifully written book for any anthropologist. Gianni travelled to some of the most remote detestinations in Africa where people are so removed from modenisation they are the closest we can see to truely archaic people. The cultural images expressed in this book is an eye opening exsperience. And the photography IS ABOSULTLY AMAZING. Mine came with a DVD which was physical footage of the tribes men.
Truely a FORGOTTEN africa........Vanishing Africa. Thanks you Gianni
Vanishing Aug 22, 2006
The photographs are everything, showing African villagers much as they have lived for the past century. This is not modern Africa, but its last remaining tribal cultures completely tied to the rhythms and livelihood of stoop farming, animal husbandry, and tribal warfare. The people are often beautiful, their adornments alternately colorful and extreme (those lip disks make me wince).
At the time of this review, the Omo valley, in which these tribes are located, is threatened by flooding; this acts as a commentary on the reality of these peoples' lives. It is not idyllic or problem-free; also noted is the presence of Kalashnikov automatic rifles in at least one tribe. That this should be the only visible presence of modernity in this primitive locale, is a sobering comment upon what "progress" has brought to "backward" people.
Many of the photographs are close-ups of individual faces and of small groups. The book is entirely desirable for this alone. Soon, these scenes will only exist in a book, as the final transition to contemporary life inevitably presses itself upon these tribes.