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Call of the Desert  : The Sahara - Catherine Guigon

Call of the Desert

The Sahara


Published: 1st July 2005
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This marvellous photographic journey from the Atlantic to the Red Sea, reveals 10 million km2 of extreme aridity in Northern Africa known to the world as the Sahara.

Here is a book that invokes the fascinating and diverse beauty this desert, its spectacular dunes, stone fortresses, Eden-like oases, hellish sandstorms and magical effects of light.

From the white sands of Arguin (Mauritania) to the coloured banks of the Niger river (Mali), from the rock paintings of Tassili N'Ajjer (Algeria) to the unexpected lakes of Ennedi (Chad), and all the way to the white desert of Egypt, Bourseiller has captured the subtleties of the Great South - a naked, mineral environment enlivened by noble and splendid faces encountered along its scorched tracks.

About the Photographer

Following his fascinating work on volcanoes with volcano expert Jacques Durieux (Volcanoes, Abrams, 2001), Philippe Bourseiller was seized by a passion for the magical effects of light in the Sahara, its mineral environment and the men that inhabit it. Over a period of four years, he undertook six expeditions a year, often at great risks, constructing along the way a phenomenal monograph on the world's biggest desert. He has been awarded the prestigious World Press prize and the Visa d'Or at the international festival of Perpignan.

Introduction 10-11
Map 12-13
Faces of the Sag=hara 14-15
Tuareg Festival 16-17
Adapting to the Climate 18-19
Dead of Thirst 20-21
An Open-Air School 22-23
The Formation of the Sahara 24-25
Djenne Mosque 26-27
Prehistorical Art 28-29
The Miracle of Rain on the Plains of Temet 30-31
Wealth on the Hoof 32-33
The Land of the Fearless Toubou 34-35
The "Blue Mountains" of Izouzadene 36-37
A Relic of War 38-39
An Oasis on Lake Oum-el-Ma 40-41
The Inexorable Advance of the Desert 42-43
Master Fishermen 44-45
The Pole Star Leads the Dance 46-47
Ruins of an Ancient Civilisation 48-49
Awaiting the Fertile Waters 50-51
The Daily Routine of the Womenfolk 52-53
Volcano in Black and White 54-55
The Old Caravan City of Ghadamis 56-57
On the Trail of the Peul Bororo 58-59
At the Guelta of Archei 60-61
The Salt-Cure Festival 62-63
Tuareg Crafts and Garments 64-65
Salt Harvest 66-67
A Diversity of Sand 68-69
The Rhythm of the Camel's Gait 70-71
Fantastical Chalk Sculptures 72-73
The Hardy Acacia 74-75

ISBN: 9780810959781
ISBN-10: 081095978X
Audience: Children
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 75
Published: 1st July 2005
Publisher: Abrams
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 31.8 x 26.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.88
Edition Number: 1