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Broken Spears: A Maasai Journey

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When renowned photojournalist Elizabeth Gilbert first came into contact with the Maasai over ten years ago, their images were everywhere in Africa. Pictures of warriors were printed on postcards, T-shirts, safari advertisements, and hotel logos, but in reality their traditional life was disappearing. So Gilbert ? whose photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Men's Journal, Life, and the New York Times ? set out on a four-year journey to photograph what was left of traditional Maasailand.

Broken Spears is the stunning result of that remarkable journey where Gilbert intimately and poignantly captures the majesty of these people. Over 120 images capture the rituals, secret ceremonies, and landscapes of the Maasai, documenting the life of this extraordinary tribe in the most comprehensive collection of photographs ever assembled. Gilbert's intimate relationship with the Maasai allowed her to photograph centuries-old Maasai ceremonies, including male and female circumcisions, weddings, and perhaps the most dangerous of all Maasai rituals, a lion hunt.

A moving photographic journey into the vanishing culture of the Maasai warriors of Kenya and Tanzania, Broken Spears is a haunting testament to a rapidly disappearing way of life.

Review:

"A skilled, intimate, and remarkable portrayal of an enigmatic culture that goes well beyond the usual stereotypical treatment of the Maasai. Gilbert's work is a valuable contribution to the honorable photographic tradition of tribal studies." Peter Matthiessen

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"Refreshingly, Gilbert has put together a book of black- and-white photos that is all about the subject and not the photographer....[M]ost striking are the intimate images of daily life." Christian Science Monitor

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"Gilbert's remarkable photographs of a traditional lion hunt....are but a few of the vivid illustrations of her journey into 'history suspended in time.'" New York Times Book Review

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"[I]f one takes the text as secondary, many of the 120 black & white photos and 40 historical illustrations emerge powerfully." Publishers Weekly

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"Elizabeth Gilbert's astonishing African photographs of a vanishing culture bring to mind both the texture and feeling of Edward S. Curtis's work on the American Indians of the early 1900s. Her images of the daily life of the Maasai will stand alongside his as a classic portrait of a noble people whose way of life is slowly disappearing." George Plimpton

Synopsis:

Over 120 images capture the rituals, secret ceremonies, and landscape of the Maasai, documenting the life of this extraordinary tribe in the most comprehensive collection of photos ever assembled.

Synopsis:

This visual portrait of a vanishing way of life captures the everyday world of Maasai in more than 120 images revealing the traditional rituals, ceremonies, landscapes, and life cycles of an African tribe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780871138408
Subtitle:
A Maasai Journey
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Author:
Gilbert, Elizabeth L.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Photojournalism
Subject:
Masai (african people)
Subject:
Masai
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Photojournalism
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 811
Publication Date:
20030828
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color photographs throughout
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
12.75 x 9.25 in 52.8 oz

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Photographers
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Sub Saharan Africa
Travel » General

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Product details 192 pages Atlantic Monthly Press - English 9780871138408 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A skilled, intimate, and remarkable portrayal of an enigmatic culture that goes well beyond the usual stereotypical treatment of the Maasai. Gilbert's work is a valuable contribution to the honorable photographic tradition of tribal studies."
"Review" by , "Refreshingly, Gilbert has put together a book of black- and-white photos that is all about the subject and not the photographer....[M]ost striking are the intimate images of daily life."
"Review" by , "Gilbert's remarkable photographs of a traditional lion hunt....are but a few of the vivid illustrations of her journey into 'history suspended in time.'"
"Review" by , "[I]f one takes the text as secondary, many of the 120 black & white photos and 40 historical illustrations emerge powerfully."
"Review" by , "Elizabeth Gilbert's astonishing African photographs of a vanishing culture bring to mind both the texture and feeling of Edward S. Curtis's work on the American Indians of the early 1900s. Her images of the daily life of the Maasai will stand alongside his as a classic portrait of a noble people whose way of life is slowly disappearing."
"Synopsis" by , Over 120 images capture the rituals, secret ceremonies, and landscape of the Maasai, documenting the life of this extraordinary tribe in the most comprehensive collection of photos ever assembled.
"Synopsis" by , This visual portrait of a vanishing way of life captures the everyday world of Maasai in more than 120 images revealing the traditional rituals, ceremonies, landscapes, and life cycles of an African tribe.
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