Amulets & Dreams: War, Youth & Change in Africa

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SAHO, 2002 - Photography - 161 pages
This is a powerful and sobering collection of photographs, bringing to light and documenting some of the most tragic aspects of Africa's recent social history. Beautifully produced with som 124 duo-tone photographs, the book is structured as a series of photographic montages of the conflicts in Sierra Leone, Angola, Mozambique, Eritrea and Burundi; each section introduced with a short critical essay on the history of the conflict. The photography is particularly concerned with the role of children in armed conflicts, the impact of war on children's education and lives, and the refugee implications of war. Many show the relationship between wars and political context - the position of multinationals, the diamond industry for example. Photographer Guy Tillim was a member of Afrapix, a progressive photographers' collective who has worked for Agence France Presse and Reuters. He has had his work published and exhibited internationally, and has received numerous awards. Photographer and editor Omar Badsha has been a key artist and political and cultural activist since the 1920s. He is acclaimed for his contribution to the development of social documentary photography, and as a curator, editor and publisher, and has received many awards.

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GUY TILLIM has worked as a photojournalist since the late 1980s when he first documented the demise of Apartheid in his native South Africa. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African photography and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2005. Most recently he was awarded the first Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from Harvard University. His books include Congo Democratic, Leopold and Mobuto, and Joburg. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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