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Michael Asher has a reputation for long distance camel rides and has written an introductory essay for Sahara, Kazuyoshi Nomachi's beautiful photographs of life and landscape...About the Author
Kazuyoshi Nomachi was born in Japan in 1946. After graduating from high school, he went on to study photography under Takashi Kajima, before becoming freelance in 1971. He is the author of several books of photographs and essays, including The Nile, Bless Ethiopia and Mecca and Medina. Known for his exhaustive research and field-work, Nomachi has exhibited his work internationally and he has won numerous prizes. His photographs have also been published in Life, National Geographic, Die Stern and... read more --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Tunis to Timbuktu, from the Red Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, the Sahara is the world's largest desert, covering an area the size of Western Europe, and set apart from all other deserts by its immense scale. The Arabic word sahara simply means "wasteland" - but what a diverse and amazingly beautiful wasteland. Within the three and a half million square miles embracing ten countries, there are landscapes of incredible grandeur. Two hundred thousand years ago, North Africa was an area of lush green plans where hunters wandered in search of elephant and buffalo. Time, wind and water have excavated the Sahara into its present form. There are majestic mountains whose weathered peaks rise like cathedral spires. There are story-book oases with green palms around onyx-blue pools, shimmering white salt lakes and, above all, the great shifting and seas. Photographer Kazuyoshi Nomachi captures the over-whelming beauty of the Sahara. Stunning imagery reveals a rare intimacy with the desert landscapes and its peoples - an intimacy which he has fostered since his earliest visits to the Sahara more than 20 years ago. Beyond merely superb pictures, Nomachi brings to life the extraordinary breadth and diversity of the desert, from shifting sands and wind-blown rock formations, to lush, green oases, to the people who eke out a living in the lands in between. An introductory essay by Michael Asher reflects an extensive knowledge of the Sahara desert, developed through his extended sojourns in the arid, expensive tract that covers the whole of northern Africa. Populated as far back as Neolithic times by tribes of hunter-gatherers and later, roaming herds of cattle, the Sahara is now home to tribes of hunters, farmers and desert nomads who have adapted to the ever-changing environment. Asher's words complement Nomachi's pictures, breathing life into views of an arid land that was once green savanna.
* A remarkable pictorial essay on the world's greatest desert
* Informative introduction by a renowned desert explorer
* Captures the overwhelming beauty and mystery of the Sahara
* Extensively researched and photographed over two decades
* Captivating images and breath-taking views of life in the harsh reality of the desert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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