In this ode to natural beauty, German photographer Uwe Ommer and French-Cameroonian writer Calixthe Beyala celebrate the grace and sensuality of African women.
Ommer's radiant portraits show stunning subjects from across the continent bathed in natural light. Sometimes nude, sometimes in traditional dress, they are shot in stunning landscapes and radiate warmth, character, and confidence. In her accompanying texts, Beyala brings a special commentary to the images, adding her poetic touch to Ommer's exquisite pictures.
About the Author
Uwe Ommer became fascinated with photography at a young age and in 1962 moved to Paris, where he initially worked as a photographer's assistant. Within a few years, he opened his own photography studio, primarily shooting fashion and advertising photos. Quickly gaining respect for his work in Paris, Ommer began showing in local galleries and eventually published his first book, "Photoedition Uwe Ommer, " in 1979, a collection of personal and advertising works. In the following years, he would publish five more books of his photographs. In 2002, Uwe Ommer was awarded an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society for the impact of his lifetime of work. His books for TASCHEN include "Black Ladies, Asian Ladies, Transit, "and "1000 Families."