A Vanished World

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9780393050868: A Vanished World

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.

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Wilfred Thesiger's extraordinary journeys have won him the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Burton Memorial Medal of the Royal Asiatic Society. He lives in Surrey, England.

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So artful is his sense of composition, that this collection makes most color photography look a bit garish. -- Washington Post, Dennis Drabelle, 19 May 2002

The beauty of this...volume is to show how clear...his eye remained...capturing the faces and individual...character of people. -- San Diego Union-Tribune, David Elliott, 28 April 2002

The majestic summation of [Thesiger's] career. -- The New York Sun, Eric Ormsby, 13 May 2002

Thesiger [has] documented a world that has since been swept away by oil money and modern civilization. -- Seattle Times Intelligencer, Mary Ann Gwinn, 5 May 2002

Thesiger has given the world a marvelous record. -- Tampa Tribune, Kathleen Hipson, 26 January 2003

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