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Faces of Africa: Thirty Years of Photography (National Geographic Collectors Series) Hardcover – January 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: National Geographic Collectors Series
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426204248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426204241
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"I was first riveted by their portraits of African women at a small gallery in London. Their photographs had such a powerful effect that I was driven to leave home and family to come and see it for myself." — Africa News

About the Author

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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I bought this intended for a gift, but it's too small.
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In fact, it is often not about affection at all, but simply an elegant form of communicating in the most direct and deliberate way.
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I love it, amazing pictures and the stories behind them!!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M.A. on December 1, 2009
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When ordering this book, make sure to check the dimensions or ISBN, or you may inadvertently order a smaller edition. The fact that there are two different ones is not noted anywhere that I can see. I'm not sure why one would want such gorgeous photos in such a limitingly small size - perhaps to fit pygmy coffee tables? In any case:

The larger edition is 9 x 8.9 x 1.1"
ISBN-10: 079226830X
ISBN-13: 978-0792268307

The smaller edition is 6.6 x 6.1 x 1.2"
ISBN-10: 1426204248
ISBN-13: 978-1426204241

That said - I've been a fan of Beckwith and Fisher's work for a long time. This volume is a beauty, and I do wish all their previous works were still in print to go along with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nunu on January 17, 2013
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I have to give this book 5 stars but I have other books of these photographers and many of the pictures are repeated over and over again in all their books.
Buyer beware of that, you may only need to purchase 1 or 2 of their books.
Fortunately, I bought this book for my artist brother-in- law, who enjoyed all the different, beautiful looks of Africa. that alone gets high ratings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shay on November 10, 2011
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I absolutely loved looking at the images in this book. I've become inspired by the creativity and colors the garments worn, the shapes of the jewelry and the pattern of the body paint. Everything was so unique and personal to the people in the picture. The faces of the children, men and women as they engages in special ceremonies and daily activities. The words used to describe the pictures made me feel as if I was there interacting with the people.
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I FIRST SAW SOME OF THESE PHOTON IN AN OLD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. I WAS THRILLED TO FIND THIS BOOK. THE PHOTOGRAPHY IS EXCELLENT AND IS A VERY INTERESTING READ.
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By Hilda Kinyunyu on March 22, 2014
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I gave it 4 stars because the dimensions of the book are small (very small).
The pictures are gorgeous though.
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As a black woman that knows only of her American heritage, I thought this book would help me connect with my African ancestry because not much here in America does. Great book of images of African cultures that have not been tainted by the colonization that destroyed it and them!
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A beautiful book that has also been enjoyed by many of my African friends. The photography is outstanding. It is obvious the photographer was working from their heart and found some lovely folks that let them in their lives. Outstanding!
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By Phadra Huntington on February 1, 2014
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Beautifully rendered book of various tribal groups. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in true artistic photography.
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