Bio

Over 40 years ago American-born Carol Beckwith and Australian Angela Fisher met in Kenya and began a relationship with the African continent, journeying over 300,000 miles, through 48 countries and recording 150 African cultures.

The two photographers have produced 16 acclaimed books including Maasai (1980), Nomads of the Niger (1983), Africa Adorned (1984), African Ark (1990), African Ceremonies (1999), Passages (2000), Faces of Africa (2004), Lamu: Kenya’s Enchanted Island (2009), Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan (2010), and Painted Bodies: African Body Painting, Tattoos and Scarification (2012). Their defining body of work, the double volume book African Ceremonies (1999), and the accompanying exhibition “Passages” (Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2000), is a pan-African study of rituals and rites of passage from birth to death, covering 93 ceremonies from 26 countries. This publication won the United Nations Award for Excellence for its “vision and understanding of the role of cultural traditions in the pursuit of world peace.” Angela and Carol have been honoured twice with the Annisfield-Wolf Book Award in race relations for “outstanding contributions to the understanding of cultural diversity and prejudice”, and won the Royal Geographical Society of London’s Cherry Kearton Medal for their “contribution to the photographic recording of African ethnography and ritual”. 

Their latest double volume book and traveling exhibition, African Twilight, completes the journey begun in African Ceremonies, covering rituals and ceremonies from some of the most inaccessible corners of the continent. It is scheduled for release in Autumn 2017.

 

Exhibitions

01.11.18–02.02.19 | African Twilight – Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies | THK Photography

07.07.18–06.01.19 | African Twilight – Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies | Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California

 

Publications

UPCOMING: African Twilight, Two Volume Set, Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Published Rizzoli Oct 2018

Painted Bodies: African Body Painting, Tattoos and Scarification by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Published: Rizzoli 2012

Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Publiished: Rizzoli 2010

Lamu by Beckwith & Fisher, Couson & Pavill Published: Rizzoli 2009

Faces of Africa by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Published: National Geographic, 2004

Maasai, Himba, Hamar by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Published: Tailer Experimemtal 2002

Karo by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Published: Tailer Experimental 2002

Surma by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Published: Tailer Experimental 2002

African Ceremonies (abridged) by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Published: Harry N. Abrams, 2002

Passages by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Published: Harry N. Abrams, 2000

African Ceremonies, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Published: Harry N. Abrams, 1999

African Ceremonies, Vol. 2 (of 2) by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Published: Harry N. Abrams, 1999

African Ark by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher Published: Harry N. Abrams, 1990

Africa Adorned by Angela Fisher Published: Collins U.K, Harry N. Abrams, USA 1984

Nomads of Niger by Carol Beckwith Published: Abrams / Abradale 1983 by Carol Beckwith Published: Harry N. Abrams, 1999 1983

Maasai by Carol Beckwith Published: Abrams / Abradale 1980