The book highlights the importance of proverbs in educating members of African societies on how to think, how to behave, and how to have a better life. Press took these photographs with the goal of making a significant educational and artistic contribution to the appreciation and understanding of African culture and society as well as our own.
The photographs of daily life deal with knowledge, cooperation, love, beauty, friendship, hope, humor, sorrow, happiness, gratitude, dance, tradition, faith, peace, war, death, and human relationships. These are the same themes found in African proverbial language. Thus came the natural idea of coupling images with proverbs. Together they offer a powerful expression of African life and the universality of human emotions, ideas, and knowledge.
Publisher: Betty Press, Photographer
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 1025 g
Dimensions: 203 x 254 x 23 mm
"It is a stunning collection of photographs taken by Betty Press while she lived and traveled in Africa. In proverbs, philosophy and poetry have a fine marriage. Such is the relationship between Press's black-and-white photographs and the proverbs that root these images in our collective mind and spirit. . . .The power of this collection is that we are able to see the engaging images of the heirs of this wisdom and hear the voices of continuity, identity, and legacy that affirm their communal spirit."
--Joanne Veal Gabbin, James Madison University
"Press's images of Africa are timeless, immediate and personally authentic. . . .The proverbs accompany, expand, and ground the pictures."
--Alison Nordstrï¿½m, curator of photographs, George Eastman House
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