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A Day in the Life of Africa Hardcover – October 30, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tides Foundation; First Edition edition (October 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971802106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971802100
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 10.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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This latest book in the Day in the Life series focuses on the amazing diversity of Africa. In February 2002, 100 top photographers from 26 countries were dispersed throughout Africa--a continent of 53 countries--for a historic round-the-clock photo shoot. The result is a stunning collection of photographs showing the incredible contrasts in the geography, people, customs, and lifestyles of Africa. The foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the introduction by Kofi Annan provide context for the complexities facing the African continent, from struggles for independence and political stability, to fighting the AIDS epidemic, to developing stable economies. The photos depict a wide range of human conditions, including everyday life in cities and villages, with people practicing a variety of customs and religions. Among the collection are photos of Kenyan runners in training at dawn in the Great Rift Valley, an Arabic breadmaker in Egypt, a marketplace in Ghana, AIDS-afflicted patients in a hospital in Zambia, a "soul-eater" in Burkina Faso, and a manhood ritual in South Africa's Transkei region. All publishing profits from the sale of this book will go to AIDS education programs in Africa. Vanessa Bush
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It shows tragedy, but it shows beauty and people loving life and affirming it as well.
Justice
This is a book about the Africa that many of us will never see: the beauty of the people and the land.
Stuart Gillespie
I hope there are profits galore from this book to support the fight against AIDS in Africa.
Carol Gustafson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Leonard H. on December 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a very nice compliation of photographs but it unfortunately feeds the more stereotypical view of a primitive and backwards Africa. From reading this book, one would be totally unaware of the development present in major cities like Abidjan, Accra, Nairobi and Dakar. One would never expect to see skyscrapers, traffic jams (with real cars), nice homes, factories and schools. One would still be unaware of the cathedral at Yamasoukro, Ivory Coast which is the largest in the world and clearly one of the most beautiful.
While this book is a step up from images of the animals of the East African plains it sorely lacks in the "complete picture" department. It is as if a "Day in the Life of America" was depicted as downtown New York, Los Angeles and Chicago but neglected to show ANY pictures of the farms of Iowa, the ranches of Montana or national parks like Yellowstone.
Because images of Africans seen by many Americans are limited to those already contained in this book, I think the editors missed a major opportunity to increase the knowledge base of their readers. We need to fight ignorance. Most Americans will never travel to Africa. How else will they ever advance from their mental images being limited to animals, native dancers, Tarzan, poverty and starvation?
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Gillespie on October 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful book! But it was not what I expected. This is a book about the Africa that many of us will never see: the beauty of the people and the land. It is not about people dying of AIDS (although the subject is treated with dignity and respect). It is about people living their daily lives in cities and in the county, in day and in night, with joy and with sadness--exquisitely captured on digital cameras. This is the first Day in the Life book to be photographed with all digital cameras and it is a tribute to what these cameras can do in the hands of experienced photographers--another unexpected joy from this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By EKD on October 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It warms my heart to see the beautiful depiction of my homeland in the pages of this book. Africa is too often portrayed in a negative light, and this is a great opportunity for people to see other aspects of the continent that they would not otherwise be exposed to. The Western world has long ignored the AIDS epidemic in Africa, but it's time that we all start doing the little we can to address the problem. Tell everyone you know to support the effort.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Wow. The photographs are amazing - if you're familiar with the Day in the Life series, you know their quality. The photography in this book is equal to the others, and now the subject is Africa - A potent combination. On top of it all, the money goes to AIDS education programs in Africa. A perfect Christmas gift.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Z. Faulks on January 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ahhh. This book, obviously, is many things to many people; not unlike its bountiful subject matter--- the original mother, Africa.
It is also many things to me, each equally beautiful. Most important, it is a powerfully evocative visual link to the 3 years of memories I carry of my life in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. The photographers saw and captured a lot of what I deeply love about the peoples, the land and the life of Africa. The simple and complex beauty; the extraordinary and the mundane; the joy and the frustrations, the good and the bad. It's just life as it is lived everywhere else on the planet, and how good it is to see it presented from a part of the world that is not often shown much appreciation.
While I appreciate another reviewer's criticism of the book's failure to show more modern infrastructure of urban areas, I disagree that the omission is a disservice. True, there is a great deal of development in Africa, but what is shown in this book is still a good and true representation of the vast majority of people and their lives. Far from being stereotyped shots of suffering and drudgery, I find the photos varied and well beyond cliché as they take us into the rhythm of the lives of everyday people. It is a beautiful book. Place it on your coffee table , but keep it in your heart.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kabuka on February 11, 2003
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The photography in this book is phenomenal! This is a beautiful book whose photos were taken over the course of a single day by some of the worlds most well-known photographers. It depicts early morning until late at night. The quality is superb. Aside each photo is a short description of where it was taken and what it is of. I could have used a little more description, though. Profits from the sales of this book go towards AIDS research and treatment in Africa. The only complaint I have is that the photos didn't always protray the reality of poverty and destitution in some of the countries. For example, my husband had been to one of the sites in the book but said it was much dirtier when he was there. Overall, I really liked the book and learned alot by going through it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Devyani P. Kamdar on October 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
After seeing Africa endlessly portrayed in the media either as a giant game park or a perpetual disaster area, I was pleased that A Day in the Life of Africa continues to do what this photo-book series has been doing... quite excellently... for 20 years. It employs the world's top photogs to shoot extraordinary pictures of everyday events all across Africa and all on one day. There are some amazing shots in this book. Highly recommended... and the profits fund AIDS programs in Africa. Also, one of my friends was a photographer on this project and word is, that this book was printed in very limited quantities and will be out of stock long before Christmas. Buy now.
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