Friday, 5 October 2012

Dress like a Herero

Went to the AOP awards last night in London and saw some great work including this series by Jim Naughten (for which he won an award).  Jim spent some time photographing the Hereros tribe in Namibia, a region of Africa that was colonised by Germany in the early 20th century.  Hence the extraordinary dresses these ladies depicted are wearing; the style is lifted from the attire the missionaries wore (and clothed their converts in) whilst their horn-shaped headwear is a latter-day adaptation and reflects the importance of cattle in their society.  The subjects were all shot in the uncompromising Namibian desert which forms the perfect background to these proud, beautifully-dressed ladies.  Jim Naughten

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