Published 2000 by Cassell. First edition. Hardback. Grey cloth board covers with red lettering on spine. Dust jacket. Colour frontis, profuse colour & b/w photos & illus, colour endpaper photos.
A quirky, anecdotal part-diary part-reminiscence album of life in Africa from the 1920s to the present day, seen through the lens of one of the greatest photographers to work on the continent together with fascinating archival material from her extended family. All the great African characters from George Adamson to Peter Beard people the pages as do Hollywood stars, animal trainers, models and fashion photographers. Her greatest love, the tribal warriors and panoramic landscapes of Africa take centre stage.'Haunting mix of photographs and diary reveals the variety and richness of African life' Colin McDowell - SUNDAY TIMES'Family snaps, disappearing tribes, white settlers and wildlife are immortalised by the supreme chronicler of Africa' TATTLER'A gorgeous book of Mirella Ricciardi's richly atmospheric picture tribes people, landscapes and wildlife' WANDERLUST.
This is the record of a remarkable thirty-year journey, a diary of powerful images, as well as snapshots of remembered moments, of photographs of her family and of tribal visions from the African bush. The people who have shaped and coloured her life are here, as Mirella Ricciardi traversed the length and breadth of Africa.
If your world feels grey and dull, escape with this book to a place of beauty and variety. But beware. This is a white person's perception of Africa and comes perilously close to being patronising in places.
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