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Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa Paperback – April 27, 2009
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The reviewer is concerned that this collection of photographs does not represent the daily lives and cultural practices of the people it represents. That in fact the attention these people are getting from tourists and photographers is encouraging them to show off and thus changing their cultural practices from what they were in isolation. All that may be true. But none of it obscures or in any way detracts from the undeniable truth that these are some of the most beautiful, creative, and uniquely adorned people in the world. To page through this book is to be transported momentarily into a world of sensual beauty that few of us even dare to imagine exists. The viewer who is open minded enough to appreciate it is gifted with an insight into the beauty of a people he/she might not have known even existed. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so.
Does photographing these people and the attention that ensues change them? Probably. Is that a bad thing? I don't know. But I do know it is up to the people being photographed to decide that. It is up to them to decide whether or not, and in what manner, they want to be photographed, not some outsider who believes their culture should be left intact. In a globalizing world, I can think of many types of attention from the outside world that would not be quite so benign. If it was done without compulsion, which appears to be the case, then I think that broadcasting the beauty of a people for the world to see is a good thing. Change is inevitable. Hopefully this sort of attention will help ensure that the change is positive.
The photography is riveting.
The story is amazing.
It is a book that you can not put down.
You will always see something new each time you view it.
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Hans Silvester's photographs of the Omo Valley tribe are fascinating. Living works of art.A large format, well-made paperback, with 160 magnificently reproduced color photographs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Em73
Amazing and inspiring images of these beautiful people but the printing of the images is where the book goes awry. Read morePublished 4 months ago by olivia love
I love this so much. I was thrilled to find a link again. I've been looking for it again for years.Published 4 months ago by Nirtana G.