Angela Fisher is from Adelaid, Australia, and holds a degree in social sciences. Together with Carol Beckwith, she documents traditional ceremonies of African cultures. The two have travelled across Africa for 40 years, seeking the most remote places and oldest traditions.
Fisher won the United Nations Award for Excellence for “vision and understanding of the role of cultural traditions in the pursuit of world peace” and the Royal Geographical Society of London’s Cherry Kearton Medal. She was honored twice with the Annisfield-Wolf Book Award in race relations, would have led many to a satisfied end of career; but photographer Angela Fisher continued to work hard as ever with
Their “Passages” exhibition opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2000, featuring 97 mural photographs, six films and a selection of African artifacts. This exhibition has also been unveiled at six other museums on three continents. Their latest work is “African Twilight: Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies,” which was released in the fall of 2018.
Hometown: Adelaid, Australia
Education: Degree in Social Sciences
Occupation: Photographer, writer, jewelry designer
Expeditions: 30 years of exploring Africa, covering 27,000 miles in 40 countries with Carol Beckwith
Favorite Place to Be: Himba camp of healers in the Namib Desert, Namibia
Best Discovery: Dinka cattle camp in the Nile swamplands filled with 2,000 head of cattle with long lyre-shaped horns in Southern Sudan
Favorite Items in the Field: Polaroid camera for giving gifts of images, drawing pad, journal for recording experiences, clean water
Personal Heroes: Kathy Eldon, Founder of Creative Visions; Katjambia, renowned Himba healer; Salbastiao Salgado, photographer of the plight of world peoples; and Nelson Mandela
Hobbies: The same as my life passions
Books: Faces of Africa; Passages: Photographs in Africa; African Ceremonies; African Ark; Nomads of Niger; and others
Advice: All things are possible, follow your dreams, realize your vision.