About the Artist
"Across Kenya and Tanzania, from Serengeti to Kilamanjaro and beyond, Elizabeth Gilbert has heroically and artistically photographed the last moments of tribal Africa with the Maasai, those herdsmen, lion hunters, warriors, and aristocrats of the bush. The pages of this book are already history in a compromised, ravaged, de-natured condnent. Luckily, ELizabeth Gilbert has photographed what is left‹everything that is authentic and valuable in Africa."
When photojournalist Elizabeth Gilbert first came into contact with the Maasai over ten years ago their images were everywhere in Africa. Pictures of warriors were printed on postcards, T-shirts, safari advertisements and hoteI logos but in reality their traditional life was disappearing. So Gilbert set out on a four-year journey to photograph what was left of traditional Maasailand.
Broken Spears is the stunning result of her remarkable journey. Over 120 images capture the rituals, secret ceremonies, and landscapes of the Maasai, documenting the life of this extraordinary tribe in rhe most comprehensive collection of photographs ever assembled. Gilbert's intimate relationship with the Maasai allowed her to photograph centuries-old Maasai ceremonies including male and female circumcisions, weddings and perhaps the most dangerous of all Maasai rituals, a lion hunt.
A moving photographic journey into the vanishing culture of the Maasai warriors of Kenya and Tanzania, Broken Spears is a haunting testament to a rapidly disappearing way of life.
Elizabeth Gilbert moved to Africa to work as a news photographer in 1991. Her pictures have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Men's Journal, Life, and The New York Times, as well as numerous major European publications. Her photographs of the Maasai have been awarded prizes for portrait and reportage by the Society of Publication Designers.
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