In late 1947, Acebes headed for Spain to work on a feature film, but the producer's plans fell through. Rather than returning home, Hector traveled on to North Africa. He was captivated by the intermingling of varied cultures. The continent's diverse peoples, dress and adornment, color, tones, textures, light, architectural elements and geographic features provided him with astonishing subjects for his photographs and film footage. He followed this trip with a second journey, also in northern Africa and Mali, in 1949. He spent three months exploring and photographing whatever captured his imagination. The highlight of this trip was a camel trek to Timbuktu in Mali, a destination exceedingly difficult to get to in 1949. Some of his most striking images come from this journey. The works shown here cover the five years of Acebes extended travel in Africa, documenting the peoples of the late-colonial period of fifty years before with dignity, pride, and an intimacy rarely achieved even in contemporary photographic work.
See also: Hector Acebes Portraits in Africa, 1948–1953 By Isolde Brielmaier and Ed Marquand
144 pp, 90 duotone illus., 9.75 × 121 in., cloth, isbn 0-295-98413-9
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