“The Tribal Guardians” by Lucia Van de Post in Departures Magazine, October 2013 issue on Africa, features the photography of Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher.
“Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith’s goal to photograph every traditional culture
on the continent is a race against time.”
See the article: Departures_Oct_2013_Tribal_Guardians
In association with MOPLA (Month of Photography- Los Angeles) the Frank Pictures Gallery presents
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
African Passion: Painted Bodies and Beyond
PARTICIPATING GALLERY FOR THE OPENING NIGHT OF MOPLA
MOPLA RECEPTION TO FOLLOW AT THE GALLERY 7 – 11 PM
April 6 – 30, 2013
Frank Pictures Gallery
Bergamot Station A–5, 2525 Michigan AvenueSanta Monica, CA 90404
Tuesday to Saturday 11:30am – 6:30pm, or by appointment
Frank Pictures Gallery proudly presents “African Passion: Painted Bodies and Beyond” featuring the work of internationally renowned photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. These photographs are a selection from their Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit “No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World”.
Beckwith and Fisher have done more than anyone to awaken the world’s appreciation of everything African from adornment to the rapidly vanishing ceremonies. The exhibition spans their three-decade relationship with the African continent across 270,000 miles and through remote corners of 40 countries in exploration of more than 150 African cultures. The Beckwith-Fisher images are the result of a long, enduring and deeply respectful relationship with African tribal people.
Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher were recently featured and interviewed in several major magazines for their recent work, including images from “Painted Bodies.”
Lorna Gentry of the Professional Photographer Magazine, recently wrote a piece on “The Body as a Canvas,” which discusses Beckwith and Fisher’s latest book, and their investigative process into the ancient African art of body painting. Gentry wrote, “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.”
Beckwith and Fisher were also interviewed by Outdoor Photography on “their deep love of Africa and their commitment to recording the ceremonies and rituals that are fast disappearing.”
“The story of these people is one that we’re very committed to telling– these are not stories you see in the news headlines. They are hidden stories that take a lot of determination and perseverance to reveal, and a lot of trust for people to open up, particularly when people have had their views shaped through negative contact with the outside world that has led to a building of distrust.” -Carol Beckwith, in an excerpt from the interview with Outdoor Photography
Carol and Angela opened another exhibition recently at the Minotti showroom in Los Angeles, with a gala reception the evening of November 20. Their exhibit “African Passion: Painted Bodies and Beyond” will be on display until the end of 2012.
The Minotti showroom is located at 8936 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA. For more information, click here.
The event opening for the “No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World” was a success, held the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Beckwith and Fisher celebrated with other contributing artists at the pre-event festivities, and during the opening with the audience.
Beckwith and Fisher also spoke during at the Iris Nights Lecture Series, on “African Ceremonies: Documenting a Vanishing World” to a sold-out audience at the Annenberg Space.
Beckwith and Fisher were interviewed by Sheila Tepper of KUSC on the “No Strangers” Exhibit. The KUSC interview can be accessed online at: http://www.kusc.org/
OPENING November 17, 2012
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, California
no strangers explores the ways cultures express a shared humanity and navigate the circle of life. It poses a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? When the people of the world answer this question, they do so in 7,000 unique voices. Tragically, half of these may be silenced within a generation or two. At risk is our human legacy, a vast archive of knowledge and expertise. The exhibit is curated by esteemed anthropologist and photographer Wade Davis.
“We feel privileged to photograph these cultures that posses a wealth of knowledge that should be celebrated, share, and honored. It is our life passion to document and create a powerful visual record of these vanishing ways of life for future generations” – Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
“Painted Bodies: African Body Painting, tattoos, and scarification” is a stunning book that features extraordinary photographs of enduring cultures. This is Beckwith’s and Fisher’s fifteenth book covering ceremonies and body painting of African cultures. “One of the most beautiful books I have ever seen,” writes author Alex Shoumatoff.
Attend upcoming National Geographic Live presentations at:
The Broad Stage, Santa Monica (Oct. 18); Goodman Theatre, Chicago (Oct. 22); Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix (Oct. 24); and National Geographic Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (Nov. 8) will celebrate the publication of “Painted Bodies” this fall.
Additional lectures will be at the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA, as well as the Annenberg Space for Photography, in conjunction with their “No Strangers” exhibit, curated by Wade Davis, November 17, 2012 to February 24, 2013
To see the complete event schedule, and learn more, click here.