The Omo Valley region is home to
semi-nomadic tribes steeped in timeworn traditions of
beauty & survival
With rigor and sacrifice, these
communities honor their cultural
heritage through diverse
expressions of self
of the human form passed on from generation to generation
Bold compositions bring together the strength of simple design and the confidence and beauty of the wearer
“The people of the
Omo Valley’s preserved
sense of self expression
is etched deeply into the
fabric of their identity. I
found their traditions
to have an undeniable allure
- especially because of their
persistence in keeping
their culture alive to pass
onto the next generations.”
The series Omo: Expressions of a People is a permanent part of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art. Housed in the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, these works are accessible to museums, scholars, educators, non-profits, as well as the entirety of the Smithsonian Institute’s extensive family of cultural platform.
Known as the Cradle of Humankind, the Omo Valley is home to tribes who have resided in these lands for thousands of years.
The people of the Omo Valley put their traditions and heritage at the forefront of their world. For this - and many other reasons - I chose them as my first series of cultural portraits.