Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C.

  • Literature

    Beckwith and Fisher, African Ceremonies, inside cover and various pages

  • Catalogue Essay

    Part explorers, part anthropologists, Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have spent their careers photographing tribal populations and nomadic peoples throughout Africa. With unprecedented access, they have documented 93 tribal ceremonies—including birth, coming of age, courting, divorce, and death—in 26 countries across the African continent, offering an incredible window into these remote worlds. Beckwith and Fisher’s shared passion for not only photographing their subjects, but also understanding the deep histories of each, has led them to produce a powerful body of work that serves as a visual preservation of these rich cultures. Captured with an immense sensitivity and surprising intimacy, the photographs speak to universal themes ranging from joy and celebration to sadness and mourning, that transcend geography.

    The portfolio of 25 prints offered here includes images that span the photographers’ extensive careers and was released in tandem with their watershed book African Ceremonies (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1999).

    Ruth E. Carter, the celebrated costume designer for the groundbreaking film Black Panther (2017) has referenced Beckwith and Fisher’s photographs as one source of inspiration for her innovative designs.


African Ceremonies

Washington D.C.: Govinda Gallery, 2000.
Twenty-five pigment prints.

Each approximately 19 x 13 in. (48.3 x 33 cm)
Each signed and numbered AP 5/5 in pencil in the margin; each titled in pencil on the verso.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Deputy Chairwoman, Americas



New York Auction 14 October 2020