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2019 Annual Conference


March 07-10, 2019

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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Betty Press

SPE Member since 2001
Member Chapter: South Central

I Am Because We Are

I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb will be published in September 2011. It will include 125 black and white images selected from my African work taken all over East and West Africa since 1987 and combined with related African proverbs compiled by Annetta Miller. The images of daily life deal with knowledge, cooperation, love, beauty, friendship, hope, humor, sorrow, happiness, gratitude, dance, tradition, faith, peace, war, death and human relationships. These are the same themes found in African proverbial language: thus the idea of coupling the images with proverbs. Together they offer a powerful expression of African life and the universality of human emotions, ideas, and knowledge.

The book highlights, along with the photographs, the importance of proverbs which were used, and are still being used in African society today. This book will make a significant educational and artistic contribution to the appreciation and understanding of African culture and society as well as our own.

Senegalese young women

Doorway, Goree Island, Senegal

African Mosaic, Senegal

Wedding, Nairobi, Kenya

Nurse, Nigeria

Health Clinic, Kigali, Rwanda

Exercising on the beach, Lome, Togo

Cotonou, Benin

Weight lifting, Lagos, Nigeria

Transportation hub, Lagos, Nigeria

Entertainers, The Gambia

Dinka cattle camp, Sudan

Teff Harvest, Ethiopia

Winnowing millet, Mali

Maasai dancers, Kenya

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