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Stef de Klerk: Abafana (Zulu Boys) Paperback – January 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Janssen Publishers; 1st edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1919901132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1919901138
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,650,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. W. Gomez on January 13, 2004
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In his book, "Abafana", Stef de Klerk has created the perfect blend of artistry and erotica by coupling his physically attractive models with the lush land and seascapes of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
The photographs are well-composed and the colors are faithfully reproduced by the printer who beautifully captures the interaction of the setting sun and the warm skin of the chosen model(s).
The attractive young men of the Xhosa tribe are featured with and without various props, at all times in good taste and proud of their heritage.
I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone who appreciates the physical beauty of the nude black male and encourage you to add it to your own personal library.
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This is art. These are incredible pictures of black african males in their context. The complement of the African scenery with their luscious bodies made me discover an entire new perspective on african male nude.

If you love art and photography this is your book. If you love black males, this is for you.
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By ReddStealth on March 21, 2014
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This art book is boring. The poses are trite and uninteresting. How can you pose people like this? The scenes in this book are boring and bland. A beach, some sand, a few men, a horse and Voila, Boring! The people even looked like they were having a terrible time of it and didn't want to pose in the nude, 'cept for this one guy who looked like he was having a ball. teehee
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Though this handsome monograph was released in 2004 it is now becoming noticed in museums and book stores that are focusing on the thriving art centers in South Africa. The format of the book of both black and white and richly colored photographs is less on the exceptional photographer - Stef de Klerk - who composed and captured these moments of men in nature than it is on the men he elected to see as 'models'.

The subjects of these photographs, all very natural in outdoor setting that incorporate the vivid scenery of South Africa's Eastern Cape, are members of the Xhosa, 'a South African cultural group with a strong emphasis on traditional practices and customs inherited from their forefathers. Each person within the Xhosa culture has his/her place which is recognised by the entire community. Starting from birth, a Xhosa person goes through graduation stages which seek to recognise his growth and hence assign him a recognisable place in the community. This results in a number of stages that one must go through, each one of which is marked by a specific ritual aimed at introducing the individual to their counterparts and hence to the ancestors. Starting from "imbheleko" which is a ritual performed to introduce a new born to the ancestors to "Umphumo"; from "Indodana" (young elder) to "Ixhego" (elder). These rituals and ceremonies are still practiced today. The "Ulwaluko" and "Intonjane" are also traditions which separated this tribe from the rest of the Nguni tribes. These are performed to recognise the transition from boyhood to manhood. All these rituals are symbolic to one's development. Before these are performed, the individual gets to spend time with elders in the community in a bid to teach them of the "Do's" and "Don'ts" in preparation for the next stage.
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I have been looking for a book to sketch men in natural poses. This book is perfect!! It arrived on time and in perfect condition!
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