Over the course of numerous voyages to the wilds of Africaas Omo Valley, Hans Silvester became fascinated by the beauty of the Surma, Mursi, Hamer and Kurma tribes, who share a taste for body painting and extravagant decorations borrowed from nature. For these people, flesh becomes a raw material on which wonderfully inventive decorative fantasties can be played out. Hans Silvesteras astonishing photographs capture these accoutrements to form a parade of African fashion that is as rich as it is ephemeral. This book is an elegy to nature, revealed by the Omo people in all its beauty and extravagance.
Hans Silvester is a member of the Rapho photographic agency. His most recent reports took him to Rajasthan, where he photographed the people of the Thar desert and the incredible bestiary of Shekhawati wall paintings. Among his other books is Ethiopia: Peoples of the Omo Valley, also published by Thames & Hudson.