Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

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35 years ago American-born Carol Beckwith and Australian Angela Fisher met in Kenya and began a relationship with the African continent, journeying over 270,000 miles, through 40 countries and recording 150 African cultures.

The two photographers have produced 15 acclaimed books. Their latest book, Painted Bodies: African Body Painting, Tattoos and Scarification, is a pan-African study of the art of body painting and adornment which are used to attract the opposite sex, establish tribal identity, and access the power of the spirit world.

Say Beckwith and Fisher: "We feel privileged to photograph these cultures that possess a wealth of knowledge that should be celebrated, shared, and honored. It is our life passion to document and create a powerful visual record of these vanishing ways of life for future generations."

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