Tuareg Sahara Family resting in the desert. The Sahara were changing due to decades of drought. During the past 40 years, lake beds have dried, although in some places there are still a basis of deep water and can draw water from wells | Credit: Joanna B. Pinneo / National Geographic
The Dinka are a Nilotic ethnic group of Southern Sudan. Live from the tenth century on both sides of the Nile River and speak a language belonging to the Nilo-Saharan group. There are about three million and are divided into about 21 groups, each with its own legitimate leader. Although farming has always been their main economic resource, has never missed an important agricultural and fishing that has allowed them to be self-sufficient in food. More increasingly gaining importance will trade and light industry.
Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have an experience of over 30 years of recording the ceremonies, rituals and daily lives of African tribal peoples. His photographs reflect a long and deep relationship of respect for the customs and people of these tribes, especially those of the Dinka of Sudan:
By Jordan G. Teicher
French-Moroccan artist Leila Alaoui has always been fascinated by the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of her native country. Inspired by the aesthetic and approach of Robert Frank’s The Americans and Richard Avedon’s In the American West, she started traveling through Morocco with her portable portrait studio, documenting the people she met along the way. Her ongoing project, “The Moroccans,” is a celebration of her countrymen and heritage.
Alaoui’s project is complicated by the fact that Moroccans are particularly apprehensive about being photographed. “Most Moroccans grow up hearing stories of witchcraft and are often afraid of the ‘evil eye.’ It is commonly believed that one can throw a spell at someone by using his or her photograph,” Alaoui said via email. “Moroccans are also tired of being photographed by Westerners as ‘exotic’ subjects and have grown to react aggressively towards anyone who wants to photograph them without permission.”