I Am Because We Are features 125 black and white
photographs by Betty Press taken all over East and West Africa
since 1987, combined with related African proverbs compiled by
Annetta Miller, an American born in Tanzania.
The book highlights the importance of proverbs in educating
members of African societies on how to think, how to behave, and
how to have a better life. Press took these photographs with the
goal of making a significant educational and artistic contribution
to the appreciation and understanding of African culture and
society as well as our own.
The photographs 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 came the natural idea of coupling images
with proverbs. Together they offer a powerful expression of African
life and the universality of human emotions, ideas, and
Subjects: Art & Art History
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