Alan Keohane Bedouin: Nomads of the Desert

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Bedouin: Nomads of the Desert

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The Bedu people, whose name embodies the very idea of nomadism, have lived for centuries in the vast, inhospitable deserts of the Middle East, leading their herds of sheep and camels in search of pasture. However, today the Bedu culture is under threat; their migrations curtailed by competing oil interests in the region and by the portacabins and landcruisers that adapt the old ways to the demands of the modern world. Alan Keohane has spent many years travelling with the Bedu tribes in the Middle East and in this photographic record, he pays tribute to the ancient tribal customs that still survive among those who continue their annual journey across the desert plains. Living among the Bedus, he observes the quotidian details of nomadic life, from the everyday chores of cooking and collecting water to the more elaborate tasks of weaving, moving camp and celebrating feasts. Above all, "Bedouin" is a photographic portrait of a people whose life is rich in colour and culture. Its testimony will ensure that the Bedu and their ancient, determined lifestyle are not forgotten.

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For centuries, the Bedu have herded their livestock across the inhospitable deserts of the Middle East, their scattered goat–hair tents the only signs of habitation in an otherwise barren landscape. In this remarkable photographic essay, Alan Keohane keenly observes the details of nomadic life, from the everyday chores of cooking and collecting water to the more exotic tasks of weaving, moving camps, and celebrating feasts. The life of the Bedouin is rich in color and culture, but this book also shows a people struggling to maintain their age–old bonds with desert and tradition in the face of the encroaching demands of the 20th century. Alan Keohane’s photographs have appeared in major publications throughout Europe. Among his previous books is The Berbers of Morocco.

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Alan Keohane has travelled widely in the Middle East and North Africa, beginning as a child in Libya. His has contributed articles and photographic essays to the major newspapers and magazines throughout Britain and Europe. His photographs have also been exhibited in a number of galleries in London, and at the Edinburgh Festival. Alan Keohane now lives in Marrakech, which he uses as a base for his continuing travels in the Arab world.

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