Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma (man painting woman) # 76-77
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma (man painting woman) # 76-77
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
44 3/8 x 60 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 2/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma (child with beaded necklace) # 31
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma (child with beaded necklace) # 31
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
40 x 29 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 4/7 on label on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Dinka Boy with Namesake Ox, South Sudan
Beckwith & Fisher
Dinka Boy with Namesake Ox, South Sudan
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2006, Printed 2013
40 x 26 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 5/10 on label affixed on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma (Woman With Painted Eye-Mask)
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma (Woman With Painted Eye-Mask) # 68-69
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
27 1/4 x 40 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma (Girl Having Face Painted)
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma (Girl Having Face Painted) # 46-47
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
27 x 40 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma (Children Playing)
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma (Children Playing) # 24-25
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
27 1/2 x 40 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Dinka Herder with Purple Robe
Beckwith & Fisher
Dinka Herder with Purple Robe, South Sudan
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2006, Printed 2013
40 x 60 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Beckwith & Fisher - Surma Girl with Lacey Face Paint, Ethiopia # 67
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma Girl with Lacey Face Paint, Ethiopia # 67
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
40 x 29 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 2/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma (Two Girls Painted)
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma (Two Girls Painted With Identical Designs) # 58-59
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
28 1/2 x 40 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma (Three Girls With Painted Faces)
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma (Three Girls With Painted Faces) # 62-63
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
29 3/8 x 40 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Karo Courtship Dancers, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Karo Courtship Dancers, Ethiopia
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1988, Printed 2013
40 x 60 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma Two Children Painted White & ocher
Beckwith & Fisher
Two Surma Children Painted with White and Ocher, Ethiopia # 38-39
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
40 x 60 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 2/7 on verso.
Beckwith & Fisher - Karo Man with Ocher Face Paint, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Karo Man with Ocher Face Paint, Ethiopia
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
42 3/8 x 60 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 4/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma Children Painted as Twins, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma Children Painted as Twins, Ethiopia # 35
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
60 x 45 5/8 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 2/7 on verso.
Beckwith & Fisher - Dinka Boy with Long Horned Bull
Beckwith & Fisher
Dinka Boy with Long Horned Bull, South Sudan
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2006, Printed 2013
60 x 40 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma Man with Painted Back, Ethiopia # 78
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma Man with Painted Back, Ethiopia # 78
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
60 x 39 7/8 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Beckwith & Fisher - Maasai Female Initiate, Kenya
Beckwith & Fisher
Maasai Female Initiate, Kenya
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1979 - 1982, Printed 2013
40 x 28 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma (Two Children Watching)
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma (Two Children Watching) # 118-119
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
42 3/4 x 60 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma (Children Playing a Game)
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma (Children Playing a Game) # 26-27
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
42 3/8 x 60 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Beckwith & Fisher - Samburu Warrior Adorned with French Silk Roses, Kenya
Beckwith & Fisher
Samburu Warrior Adorned with French Silk Roses, Kenya
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2004, Printed 2013
40 x 26 1/4 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma Children with Painted Bodies, Ethiopia #
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma Children with Painted Bodies, Ethiopia # 40-41
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
39 7/8 x 60 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 7/7 on verso.
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Surma (Girl With Exotic Markings)
Beckwith & Fisher
Surma (Girl With Exotic Markings) # 44
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
60 x 47 1/2 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Karo (Woman With Necklaces)
Beckwith & Fisher
Karo (Woman With Necklaces) # 17
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
60 x 46 1/2 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Karo (Man With Painted Face)
Beckwith & Fisher
Karo (Man With Painted Face) # 96
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
60 x 42 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Beckwith & Fisher - Dinka Man Covered in Ash, South Sudan
Beckwith & Fisher
Dinka Man Covered in Ash, South Sudan
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2006, Printed 2013
40 x 30 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Karo (Girl With Patterned Stomach)
Beckwith & Fisher
Karo (Girl With Patterned Stomach) # 33
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2007
60 x 42 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Maasai Warrior with Chalk Paint
Beckwith & Fisher
Maasai Warrior with Chalk Paint, Kenya
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1979, Printed 2009
40 x 24 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/10 on verso.
Beckwith & Fisher - Mursi Warrior, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Mursi Warrior, Ethiopia
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2012, printed on 2013
40 x 25 5/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Voodoo Priest at Seko Healing Shrine
Beckwith & Fisher
Voodoo Priest at Seko Healing Shrine, Togo
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1993, Printed 2009
40 x 24 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/10 on verso
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Female Fetish Figure
Beckwith & Fisher
Female Fetish Figure in Voodoo Healing Shrine, Seko, Togo (Gabara, Female Deity)
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1993, Printed 2009
40 x 24 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/10 on verso
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Dinka Boy Holding Monitor Lizard
Beckwith & Fisher
Dinka Boy Holding Monitor Lizard, Southern Sudan
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2006, Printed 2009
40 x 24 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/10 on verso
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Maasai Warrior with Headress
Beckwith & Fisher
Maasai Warrior with Ostrich Feather Headress, Kenya
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1995, Printed 2009
40 x 24 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/10 on verso
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Painted Chest of Karo Man, Ethiopia
Beckwith & Fisher
Painted Chest of Karo Man, Ethiopia
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
c. 1985-1996, Printed 2013
40 x 25 3/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 2/10 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Dinka Child Imitating Horns of a Favorite Bull
Beckwith & Fisher
Dinka Child Imitating Horns of a Favorite Bull, South Sudan
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
2006, Printed 2013
40 x 26 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 3/10 on verso.

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Maasai Warrior with Face Paint
Beckwith & Fisher
Maasai Warrior with Red Ochre Face Paint, Kenya
Archival Lambda Color Photograph
1995, Printed 2009
40 x 24 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/10 on verso

Over the course of 35 years, photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith have amassed an oeuvre that is equal parts art and anthropology, as remarkable for its raw aesthetic power as it is for its unparalleled access to the ceremonies and rituals of Africa’s tribes. The rapid pace of change on the continent, as children head for the cities, has given their work fresh urgency. Even as the pair continues to find new cultures to document, they estimate that about 40 percent of the rites and ceremonies they have shot have already disappeared into the mists of history. In other words, it will not be possible for anybody to repeat what they have done. Beckwith, from Boston, and Fisher, from Adelaide, Australia, have published books individually but work best side by side, occasionally forgetting who took what shot. They have traveled more than 270,000 miles together, often in great discomfort, in pursuit of their images. Sometimes logistics have made it hard; other times, the obstacles were cultural. For instance, permission to visit the Kuba kingdom came after 12 years of trying. When they eventually arrived, the duo met children who had never seen a white face before.

“African Ceremonies” (Abrams) is their best-known work. “Painted Bodies” (Rizzoli) is a pan-African study of the art of body painting. They are now working on “African Twilight” (Rizzoli), which will cover some 140 cultures in 50 African countries, including 22 peoples they have not previously photographed. Today Beckwith and Fisher share a large, airy house in London’s Blsize Park which is where they also keep their archive: more than half a million photographs, hundreds of hours of film, as well as 200 illustrated and annotated journals from 150 African cultures. Considering the value to humanity of such a priceless resource, they are looking for a more worthy home for it (The Smithsonian in DC and London’s Royal Geographical Society have expressed interest). It is not just that “these ancient cultures are a living record of our shared past, a map of where we’ve come from,” says Beckwith, but, just as important, they are “a guide for our future.”

Beckwith and Fisher’s work has been exhibited in museums around the world and they have had comprehensive exhibitions at such institutions as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Geographic Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. They have made four films that also express their interest in and love for Africa. Beckwith and Fisher received the Award of Excellence from the United Nations Society of Writers and Artists “for vision and understanding of the role of cultural traditions in the pursuit of world peace,” and were specially honored by Kofi Annan in 1999. They have also been awarded the distinguished Lifetime Award by WINGS. They have lectured widely at prestigious venues such as the American Museum of Natural History, The Explorers Club, The Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, and the Royal Geographical Society. Their magazine credits include major features in National Geographic, The New York Times, Time, Vogue, and LIFE. Beckwith and Fisher are passionate about completing the record of Africa’s fast disappearing cultures, and leaving a legacy for future generations, as well as bringing these ancient timeless values into our 21st century world.

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