John Kenny’s stunning portraits from Africa and the Indian sub-continent document a series of tribal societies justly proud of their traditions and cultural heritage. As both continents becomes increasingly urbanised and environmental pressures grow on people living at the peripheries of the modern world such images have become rare and precious insights.
John has photographed in African regions that stretch from the southern valleys of Ethiopia and harsh desert of northern Kenya, across to the arid hinterlands of West Africa, and beyond to the southern desert regions of Namibia and Angola. On the Indian subcontinent his work has taken him to the desert tribes of northern Gujarat, the sacred waters of Varanasi and the Nepalese Himalayas. Across all of his work, faces emerge from the shadows, illuminated by a soft and diffuse natural light. “Lines that lead to perfection” was auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York in November 2011 and is now part of the Getty family art collection.
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