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Ethiopia: Peoples of the Omo Valley Hardcover – April 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Slp edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810993260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810993266
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.5 x 14.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hans Silvester was born in Germany in 1938 and took his first photographs at the age of twelve. He became a master photographer and world traveler. His many books include Cats in the Sun and Lavender: Fragrance of Provence (Abrams).

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Page after page, you will say aloud, "This is amazing!"
ChicagoLarry
This book is a wonderful collection of pictures of the primitive tribes living there.
Antonio Pietrangeli
If you are remotely interested in anything African, this book is for you.
A. Festa

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By ChicagoLarry on April 8, 2007
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I hated to shell out the big bucks, but I've hit rock bottom and I admit I'm a junkie for books on places where I've been in tribal Africa. So I had to do it--and I'm glad I did.

It's hard to imagine having any books at all on tribal life anywhere in the world and not have this two-volume set. The photography and its richness of color as printed on the page just can't be topped. Is it just me, or are more people "discovering" the Omo Valley these days? It's in southern Ethiopia, where people still live much as they have for centuries--they still compete against nature for sustenance, tribes still fight each other for grazing land, women still wear goat skins and the men of some tribes still consider the most minimal of clothing optional. It is one of the few places in the world where tribal attire and body painting is the real, every-day thing--not something put on for tourists. Silvester represents it well in this set. And unlike so many coffee table books, in which any kind of meaningful narrative is catch as catch can, Silvester's narrative is informative and engaging--more anecdotal than a scholarly treatise.

Good news: no thumbnails in the back, where you have to go for captions. Captions are with the pictures, but I wish more of the pictures were captioned.

I was apprehensive about the second volume. The editorial review can be interpreted as meaning photos of the body paintings have been turned into abstract art. I didn't really want to pay for something like that. But again, I wasn't disappointed. The second volume is just photos, not photos reworked into abstract art. The art on their bodies already is abstract art. I swear, I have seen far less impressive paintings hanging in art galleries, commanding many thousands of dollars!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Festa on January 3, 2008
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I had been looking for a book about tribal Africa, when I stumbled by chance upon this 2-volume set. I browsed the web in search of some pictures taken from the book and as soon as I laid my eyes on them, I knew this was the book I was looking for. Apart from the pictures, which are truly gorgeous (I can't honestly imagine anything better about the subject), this set is awesome in every aspect (size, quality of the paper, colors, binding, make-up, even the font chosen is very elegant - being Italian, I couldn't help noticing that the set has been printed and bound in Italy) it's very clear that the publisher has gone a long way to produce quality stuff, and not just another book on Africa. If you are remotely interested in anything African, this book is for you. Swept away by the beauty of some pictures, you'll probably end up, as I did, asking yourself questions about our own civilization and its alleged "superiority" over the South of the world. But this is another story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fastidious one on April 3, 2008
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Totally under-valued and under-appreciated. The story is told literally, with the camera and expressed in photo imagery.
I suspect in the years to come, this volume will become an investment -- expensive to "price-less"...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. cakti on October 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
i had been to ethiopia but,unfortunately,not to the omo valley
very magnificent photos to see cultural images of people of the omo valley even though in a book,i recommend everyone to purchase this item
definitely you will appreciate it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Pietrangeli on December 28, 2009
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I've spent some weeks in the lower Omo valley for an engineering work.

This book is a wonderful collection of pictures of the primitive tribes living there.

While being there we had to give our help, as much as possible, to these people and we learned a lot.

Most of these tribes are beautiful people, slim, tall and proud.

When they do not eat crop, they often drink/eat a mix of blood from their cows and milk. Cows are their "bank" for bad periods, they cannot kill them to eat meat.

Our geologist has been a dentist ( extracting a teeth without anestesy , better than leaving it rotten ).

This book reminds us of the wonderful period spent there, really worth buying it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Santiago Bayona Martinez on September 9, 2007
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This is a best vision of the people of the Omo Valley.
Ethiopia is a anknow contry with marvellous people.
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