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The photos were taken in fourteen countries on the African continent: Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Botswana, Morocco, Benin, South Sudan, Mali, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda.
The twenty-six ethnic groups that became the heroes of the book include some that are well-known around the world, such as the Maasai, Berbers, Bushmen, and Pygmies, and other little-known tribes such as the El-Molo, who currently number only 300 individuals.
The camera lens of Sergey Yastrzhembskiy, photographer and documentary filmmaker, is focused on the moments of patriarchal daily routine of Africans who try to preserve their adherence to the traditions of their forefathers in everyday life, customs and religion regardless of the rising pressure of pervasive globalisation.
The author has managed to photograph many rituals of initiation that are amazing in both their beauty and cruelty (from the Western point of view); he was allowed to attend religious ceremonies otherwise closed to outsiders, and was able to film habitual occupations, styles of life, and evidence of the boundless creativity in arts and handicraft of these people.
The author is convinced that not long from now, the micro-civilisations of many African tribes, such as those of the ethnic groups discussed in this book, will vanish from the face of the Earth, joining the list of vanished nations and cultures.
For this reason, Sergey Yastrzhembskiy, who is infinitely in love with the heroes of his photography, considers this book as a kind of requiem to a vanishing patriarchal Africa.