This compelling combination of photographs and essays illuminates the familiar from an unfamiliar perspective.
Africa is a favorite subject for coffee table tomes, but I have rarely come across as compelling a package of photographs and essays as Living Africa, a new book by Steve Bloom. In more than 200 photographs, South African-born Bloom showcases a mind-expanding spectrum of African landscape, wildlife, and humanity. He has a gift for making us re-see the familiar from an unfamiliar perspective—a hippo attacking a wildebeest, lions fighting, a man feeding a hyena. His portraits—from bright-painted Wodaabe tribesmen in Niger to head-lamped Mozambican miners to lip-plated Suri women in Ethiopia—are especially stunning. Beyond their art and eloquence, Bloom's essays and images are graced with extraordinary passion and compassion. They brought me back to previous African adventures—and inspired the desire to explore the continent even more.
[Living Africa; photographs and essays by Steve Bloom; published by Thames & Hudson; hardcover; 336 pages; $75.]
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