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Painted Bodies: African Body Painting, Tattoos, and Scarification Hardcover – Sep 18 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (Sept. 18 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847834050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847834051
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 3.3 x 40.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #904,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“PHOTO BOOKS OF THE YEAR. Documenting African cultures, Beckwith and Fisher create an iridescent record of the continent’s skin art: body painting, tattoos and scarification.” ~ American Photo

“..this beautiful book offers up large and colorful photos en masse...I paged through this volume transfixed, amazed at the simple beauty of the patterns and color utilized by the tribal artists documented with great respect for its subjects. This large coffee table-sized book takes great care to not only document the different body-painting styles of numerous tribes, but also to describe in chapter prefaces, the processes and cultural significance of the techniques.” ~Tattoosday

“Leafing through Painted Bodies, the eye-popping a joyful experience. The vivid photos of painted and adorned bodies—some daintily dabbed with dots of paint, others lashed with bold streaks of color—mesmerize and uplift.” ~Professional Photographer

"Best known documenting African cultures, Beckwith and Fisher create an iridescent record of the continent's skin art: body painting, tattoos and scarification." ~American Photo

“It wrings one’s heart, however, when one realizes that these images may well be among the last records of this art that is at the dawn of all art. This book may be romantic and carries the authors’ knowledge very lightly, but if one images is worth 10,000 words, these pictures eloquently plead for the protection of the Omo Valley.” ~The Art Newspaper

"Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher’s unabashedly spectacular color photographs have nothing to do with art world fashions and trends. In their latest book, they document modern versions of practices thought to have continued for tens of thousands of years...  Pictures—intensely colored images that fill page after page with dramatically decorated faces and bodies—are the photographers’ primary achievement. Anyone who leafs through the pages of this book can see stunning evidence of ancient customs that seem to thrive, as well as survive.” ~Los Angeles Review of Books

About the Author

Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have photographed the peoples and cultures of the Horn of Africa for more than 30 years. Together, they exhibit internationally and lecture widely at prestigious venues such as the American Museum of Natural History, The Explorers Club, The Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, and the Royal Geographical Society. Their magazine credits include major features in Time, Life, Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa28dbf30) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
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HASH(0xa247c81c) out of 5 stars Beautiful photography Oct. 8 2012
By JO Reynolds - Published on
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This book is as much a vividly stunning document of vanishing cultures as it is a celebration of style. This oversize, richly produced book would be perfectly at home in the study of an anthropologist as it would be on the coffee-table of a fan of fashion. Highly recommended!
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HASH(0xa24765f4) out of 5 stars Anthropology art and culture Jan. 8 2013
By Peter J. Hudson - Published on
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This is a treasure - a stunning collection of photographs of the people of Africa - an archive of the culture of threatened human groups. This is a big book and you will need to strengthen that coffee table but great value
Carol Beckwith - im a huge fan!
HASH(0xa220a870) out of 5 stars Beautiful ! amazing art Dec 6 2012
By Rosemary Ahmann - Published on
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The art expression by the peoples of Africa is inspiring. An amazing collection of photographs by two of the exceptional experts on the fast disappearing groups on the African continent. Ms Fisher and Beckwith are wonderful photographers Their documentary style is a valuable contribution to the disappearing stories.of many tribal groups in Africa.
HASH(0xa9225b10) out of 5 stars it was an excellent book. the photos were great examples of how ... Oct. 12 2015
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it was an excellent book. the photos were great examples of how concepts of beauty and adornment vary across the many great and beautiful cultures of Africa.
HASH(0xa220ea38) out of 5 stars Dear God, there is nothing else to say about ... July 18 2016
By Jason A. Voss - Published on
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Dear God, there is nothing else to say about this superb title than, "Wow, you got me." Pure people captured purely. Well done!