Yet another coffee table book – Still the best Christmas gift to travel from home!
December 15, 2014
There is little making me happier than finding both my kids on the sofa flipping through the pages of one of our coffee table books. They are fond of our travel books and can’t get enough of these mesmerizing tribes’ pictures, which always brings up loads of questions. It reminds me of my own childhood and the hours spent going through piles of my dad’s National Geographic magazines. No doubt it has triggered my passion for travelling.
This is certainly why I love both offering and receiving these inspiring books. And since Christmas is around the corner, here is a short selection of pieces that I strongly recommend:
* Tribes of India, by Tiziana and Gianni Baldizzone, Bookwise (India)
This fascinating book was a gift to myself but soon became a gift to my friends. It has nourished many of my travel dreams and plans. If it was not for this book, I may have never been to Orissa to discover the Bonda and Kandha tribes, and I would probably not be that eager to explore Arunachal Pradesh (on my wish list for many years).
* Les dernières ethnies avant qu’elles ne disparaissent, Jimmy Nelson, teNeues
This was probably the heaviest Christmas present to bring back to Hong Kong from France last year. This book is the one that most captivates my children. It offers a wide perspective on tribes around the world from desertic Ethiopia to frozen Siberia, from continental Argentina to insular Vanuatu. The stunning pictures capture the distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions of twenty different tribes in their natural environment.
* Greece, Images of an enchanted land (1954-1965), Robert A. McCabe, Patakis Publishers
A Greek friend of ours gave this book to us and I will never thank him enough for introducing us to the work of the extremely talented American photographer, Robert A. McCabe. Through 110 black and white photographs, Robert A. McCabe takes the reader back in time with great nostalgia and poetry. He draws light and shadow on dramatic landscapes, illuminates scenes from the daily life in the Aegean islands and sublimates yet with great realism portraits of Greek people.
This book is a splendid portraits’ gallery featuring Ethiopians from different ages and origins. Jean-Baptiste Huynh has a very personal way of portraying people: faces are still, framed very formally, in a minimalist back and white esthetic, however creating the must powerful dialogue with the viewer. You can’t just flip through that book since each page puts you face to face with a unique character that seems to be telling you his own story with pride and dignity. This book is pure, intense, and deeply human!