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A Day in the Life of Africa [Hardcover]

Lee Liberman , Desmond Mpilo Tutu , Kofie A. Annan , David Cohen , Charles Collins

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971802106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971802100
  • Product Dimensions: 32.8 x 26.3 x 2.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,765,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A photographic tour of the entire African continent offers works of one hundred top photojournalists taken on the same day--February 28. 2002--and depicts such subjects as Namibia's San people and the Lagos music scene.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Day in the Life Has Many Missing Pages 29 Dec 2002
By Leonard H. - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a very nice compliation of photographs but it unfortunately feeds the more stereotypical view of a primitive and backwards Africa. From reading this book, one would be totally unaware of the development present in major cities like Abidjan, Accra, Nairobi and Dakar. One would never expect to see skyscrapers, traffic jams (with real cars), nice homes, factories and schools. One would still be unaware of the cathedral at Yamasoukro, Ivory Coast which is the largest in the world and clearly one of the most beautiful.
While this book is a step up from images of the animals of the East African plains it sorely lacks in the "complete picture" department. It is as if a "Day in the Life of America" was depicted as downtown New York, Los Angeles and Chicago but neglected to show ANY pictures of the farms of Iowa, the ranches of Montana or national parks like Yellowstone.
Because images of Africans seen by many Americans are limited to those already contained in this book, I think the editors missed a major opportunity to increase the knowledge base of their readers. We need to fight ignorance. Most Americans will never travel to Africa. How else will they ever advance from their mental images being limited to animals, native dancers, Tarzan, poverty and starvation?
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Pleasure 16 Oct 2002
By Stuart Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
A beautiful book! But it was not what I expected. This is a book about the Africa that many of us will never see: the beauty of the people and the land. It is not about people dying of AIDS (although the subject is treated with dignity and respect). It is about people living their daily lives in cities and in the county, in day and in night, with joy and with sadness--exquisitely captured on digital cameras. This is the first Day in the Life book to be photographed with all digital cameras and it is a tribute to what these cameras can do in the hands of experienced photographers--another unexpected joy from this book.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Outstanding 30 Oct 2002
By EKD - Published on Amazon.com
It warms my heart to see the beautiful depiction of my homeland in the pages of this book. Africa is too often portrayed in a negative light, and this is a great opportunity for people to see other aspects of the continent that they would not otherwise be exposed to. The Western world has long ignored the AIDS epidemic in Africa, but it's time that we all start doing the little we can to address the problem. Tell everyone you know to support the effort.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas gift - money goes to a good cause 1 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Wow. The photographs are amazing - if you're familiar with the Day in the Life series, you know their quality. The photography in this book is equal to the others, and now the subject is Africa - A potent combination. On top of it all, the money goes to AIDS education programs in Africa. A perfect Christmas gift.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it more 19 Jan 2004
By Z. Faulks - Published on Amazon.com
Ahhh. This book, obviously, is many things to many people; not unlike its bountiful subject matter--- the original mother, Africa.
It is also many things to me, each equally beautiful. Most important, it is a powerfully evocative visual link to the 3 years of memories I carry of my life in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. The photographers saw and captured a lot of what I deeply love about the peoples, the land and the life of Africa. The simple and complex beauty; the extraordinary and the mundane; the joy and the frustrations, the good and the bad. It's just life as it is lived everywhere else on the planet, and how good it is to see it presented from a part of the world that is not often shown much appreciation.
While I appreciate another reviewer's criticism of the book's failure to show more modern infrastructure of urban areas, I disagree that the omission is a disservice. True, there is a great deal of development in Africa, but what is shown in this book is still a good and true representation of the vast majority of people and their lives. Far from being stereotyped shots of suffering and drudgery, I find the photos varied and well beyond cliché as they take us into the rhythm of the lives of everyday people. It is a beautiful book. Place it on your coffee table , but keep it in your heart.
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