As civilization expands, it encroaches on tribal ways of life and the customs of indigenous peoples begin to change. To celebrate these fast-disappearing traditions, nature photographer Art Wolfe has travelled around the world observing and documenting people and places in this photographic collection. He presents 35 diverse groups - among them, the Bumi of Ethiopia, who scar their torsos with raised geometric designs; the Masai warriors of Kenya, with their towering ostrich plume head-dresses; the Lisu women of northern Thailand, whose indigo turbans are laden with colourful tassels and pounded with silver; and the Kayapo of the Amazon Basin, who paint themselves with tropical fruit dyes and wear flamboyant head-dresses of parrot feathers.
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On every continent except Antarctica, there are extraordinary indigenous peoples who adorn themselves with the wondrous ornamentation that nature avoids: multicolored clays and dyes,brilliant feathers, and other exotic elements.
But as civilization expands, it encroaches on their unique ways of life: their customs have begun to change as they are assimilated into dominant societies. To celebrate these traditions, world-renowned nature photographer Art Wolfe has traveled around the world to observe and document the people and places in Tribes, a remarkable collection of more than 120 photographs.
Using his skills as a photographer of the natural world, Wolfe turns his lens on thirty-five diverse groups--among them, the Bumi of Ethiopia, who scar their torsos with raised geometric designs; the Maasai warriors of Kenya, with their towering ostrich plume headdresses and vivid ochre dyes; the Lisu women of northern Thailand, whose indigo turbans are laden with colorful tassels and pounded silver; the men of Samoa, who tattoo their torsos and thighs in marvelous, meaningful patterns; and the Kayapo of the Amazon Basin, who paint themselves with tropical fruit dyes and wear flamboyant headdresses of parrot feathers.
But Tribes is more than a simple document of body art: it is a bold celebration of the pageantry and patterns of everyday life. With an introduction by Harvard anthropologist David Maybury-Lewis and a foreword by Iman, Tribes offers a rare glimpse into the world's most fascinating cultures. Taken tribe by tribe, the variety of adornment and cultural experience Art Wolfe has discovered is astonishing; taken as a whole, the collection of photographs is a testimonial to the power of human creation and spirit.
Art Wolfe is one of the most celebrated nature photographers living in the United States today. His acclaimed photography is featured frequently in periodicals such as Life, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, and Smithsonian. Among his many books are the award-winning Light on the Land and Migrations, as well as The Art of Photographing Nature, Wild Cats of the World, and In the Presence of Wolves.
Deirdre Skillman received a B.A. in Russian studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is currently the senior photo editor at Art Wolfe's studio in Seattle, Washington.
David Maybury-Lewis is professor of anthropology at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1960. In 1972, he and his wife, Pia, founded Cultural Survival, an organization that defends the human rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.
Born in Somalia, Iman is a supermodel and the founder of her own eponymously named cosmetics company, which features products designed exclusively for women of color.
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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, London, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. In tidy condition, front endpaper a little rubbed where a sticker has been partially removed, in a bright dust jacket Small Folio. Codice libro della libreria 047016