A stunning photographic record of cultures at the farthest edges of civilization by the world s greatest living explorer Wilfred Thesiger s photography career started during a hunting expedition to Ethiopia at age twenty Three years later he returned to explore the Awash River and photograph the ferocious Danakil, who were reputed to mutilate any traveler they encountered In the Sudan he photographed the Muslim tribes in Northern Darfur, pagan Nuer in the Western Nile swamps, and magnificent Nuba wrestlers The visual drama of Arabia s deserts was the backdrop to Thesiger s emergence as a master of the portrait In that harsh environment he captures the striking faces of Bedu companions posing unselfconsciously for his camera In contrast, tranquil images of reeds, lagoons, and waterways characterize his matchless portraits of the Marsh Arabs of Iraq, whose way of life has now completely disappeared Subsequent journeys took him to remote areas of Kurdistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, and finally to northern Kenya, where he lived for many years This book is the summation of a unique and magnificent career Duotone photographs Duotone photographs....
|Title||:||A Vanished World|
|Publisher||:||W W Norton First Edition edition April 17, 2002|
|Number of Pages||:||200 pages|
|File Size||:||570 KB|
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A Vanished World Reviews
Much of the Arabian Peninsula did not emerge from its ancient roots until after World War II, when the oil boom brought the entire region into the modern world, suddenly erasing all but the smallest pockets of a culture that had endured for centuries. Wilfred Thesinger was lucky enough to have traveled in that world before it disappeared. It is our luck that he travelled with a camera, and that he had a remarkable eye to boot. This book is much more than a view into that vanished world; it is a rare visual treat. Had it been shot in color, it would be less. The photo reproduction is beautiful. The book is appears to be in print again; it is well worth seeking out, and holding on to. At one point I had loaned my copy, and had been unable to find another at a reasonable price.
Wilfred Thesiger lived an amazing life; he was born in Africa, educated in England, and lived most of his life among the Arabs whom he loved, respected, and emulated. This book features many of his unique and thought-provoking photographs of tribes members in Africa and the Middle East. I spent many years as a portrait photopher and find his compositions, lighting, and photo subject integrity to be among the best I have seen. The text of this book is sparse, so a reader might also like to peruse one of his in-depth studies such as "Arabian Sands" or "The Marsh Arabs."
A Vanished World is packed full of true-to-the-time photographs of the peoples and places Wilfred Thesiger experienced and so interestingly described in his books.
A Vanished World takes you on an incredible journey into the travels of Wilfred Thesiger (writer of Arabian Sands) and the lives of the people he encountered and cared about. This and his other writings are worth your time.
some of his most remarkable b&w works from across the globe...keep it in my office of folks to pick up--very good condition
My children bought this for my birthday knowing what a fan of Thesiger I was. But you don't have to be a fan of Thesiger's travels to love this book. The author's attempts at self-deprecation pale in light of the power of his efforts. The black and white photography is stunning and the contrast of humanity against the backdrop of such stark environments is fantastic. The subjects are raw, simple, and powerful; reminiscent of Ansel Adams' eye.
The photos in the book are beautifully reproduced. The richness of strange and exotic cultures, some irreplaceably lost through political upheaval, is apparent fron the photos!