Now, nearly two decades after these photographer's landmark African Ceremonies and with a greater sense of urgency, this book completes the journey, covering disappearing rituals and ceremonies from some of the most inaccessible corners of the African continent, to create the definitive statement on this subject. This new landmark volume will set the standard for capturing a visual testament to the vanishing traditions of African peoples. No other book like this exists or can ever be created again, as more than 40 percent of what has been documented here has already vanished. For the last 15 years of their four decades of African fieldwork, world-renowned photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have continued their journey across Africa, seeking out remote communities to record the sacred ceremonies, powerful art forms, and boundless creativity of the people living there today. This ground-breaking book is a testament to these vanishing moments and peoples. African Twilight is a celebration of the powerful artistry and boundless creativity of Africa's cultural heritage for audiences worldwide, transporting viewers into a world of connections between individual and community, body and soul, land and people. All of the photography is previously unpublished.
Carol Beckwith was born in the United States in 1945 and educated at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts in painting and photography. In 1974, she decided to make Africa her working base so she could live within the cultures that inspired her photography and painting. Born in 1947 and educated in Australia, Angela Fisher graduated with a degree in Social Science from Adelaide University. After working with the Aborigines in Australia, Fisher moved to Kenya in 1970. Together, Beckwith and Fisher embarked upon a study of the peoples and cultures of the Horn of Africa, and published their photography in a series of books: African Ark (1990), their two-volume landmark African Ceremonies (1999), and Faces of Africa (2004). Beckwith and Fisher exhibit internationally and lecture widely at prestigious venues. Their magazine credits include National Geographic, Natural History, African Art, the Observer Magazine, Time, Life, Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle. Aidan Hartley is a Kenya-born writer and entrepreneur. As a foreign correspondent for the Reuters news agency, Hartley covered Africa in the 1990s: wars in Somalia, famine in Ethiopia, and genocide in Rwanda. He made nearly 30 documentaries for the award-winning current affairs series Unreported World and Dispatches.