Peoples of the Omo Valley

2 volumes presented in a slipcase: Volume I Customs and Ceremonies (304 pages); Volume II Face and Body Decoration (160 pages)
  1. Hans Silvester
  • ISBN 9780500543351
  • 35.00 x 26.00 cm
  • Hardback in slipcase
  • 464pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2006

The lower Omo Valley is a lost world on the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan. Far from any city and with a cruel climate, this land remains one of the wildest in Africa.

This magnificently produced chronicle of the Omo Valley people’s fast-vanishing and exruciatingly hard way of life. Focusing on the fifteen or so tribes who have lived there since time immemorial, Hans Silvester’s photographs, as beautiful as they are fascinating, are accompanied by a text that documents the culture and daily life of the Omo tribes.

• Two slipcased volumes present in words and pictures the customs, rites, rituals and daily life of the Omo tribes.
• Took three years to complete, often under very harsh conditions.
• Offers the reader far more than a simple ethnographic record: the photographs of the tribes’ breathtaking body art are works of art in their own right. Painted, marked and scarified bodies; battles, hunts, children’s games…

Hans Silvester's most recent reports took him to Rajasthan, where he photographed the people of the Thar desert and the incredible bestiary of Shekhawawti wall paintings.