Wednesday, 5 March 2008

National Geographic: Annie Griffiths Belt

Image © Annie Griffiths Belt-All Rights Reserved

The National Geographic's website is featuring photographer Annie Griffiths Belt's biography and a short slideshow of her photographs along with her narration. She started her career after graduating in 1976 and began assignment work for the National Geographic Society two years later.

Her work has also appeared in Life, GEO, Smithsonian, Fortune, American Photo, Merian, Stern, and many other publications including dozens of books.

Amongst her many wonderful photographs, I chose this one of Muslim women praying at the mosque of the Dome of the Rock (Mosque of Omar) in Jerusalem. Look for the shadows on the robes of the women in the back!

However further on in the slideshow, at a photograph showing her and Himba tribeswomen in Namibia, Annie Griffiths Belt tells us that she handed them a Polaroid she had made of them. It was received with curiosity, not only because they had never seen a Polaroid image (this I easily believe) before but that they had not seen themselves having never used reflective surfaces! Hard to believe.

Annie Griffiths Belt's A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel