Elizabeth L. Gilbert: ‘Histories in Africa, 20 Years of Photography’ Opens April 5

| March 13, 2013
Elizabeth L. Gilbert, The Last Safari, Kenya, Africa

“Histories in Africa, 20 Years of Photography” opens April 5 in the May Gallery.

Webster University’s May Gallery exhibit, Elizabeth L. Gilbert: “Histories in Africa, 20 Years of Photography” opens with a reception Friday, April 5, from 5-7 p.m. Gilbert will speak about her work at 3 p.m. the same day in Sverdrup room 101. Both events are free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Gilbert has worked as a photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya, for many years. She moved to Africa in 1991 to work as a photojournalist. She worked first as a war photographer, but since 1998 has been documenting the rapidly changing customs and rituals of the Maasai, Samburu, Mursi, Karo, Hamar and Batwa peoples of the Great Rift Valley.

Image by Elizabeth Gilbert

She has documented ancient traditions before they disappear, and brought the photographs back to the people so that they can see and react to their own images.

Gilbert’s images of conflicts and cultural issues in Somalia, Rwanda and other East African countries have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Life, and The New York Times, as well as numerous major European publications. She is the author of Broken Spears: A Maasai Journey and Tribes of the Great Rift Valley.

Gilbert will introduce her new documentary film, The Last Safari, which will be screened at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Moore Auditorium. The film is free and open to the public.

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