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Visiting Explorer Program with Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

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 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 African Ceremonies (1999), 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 “African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent” 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 2018.

Date: Thursday, November 8

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $15

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