I Am Because We Are : African Wisdom in Image and Proverb, Hardback Book

I Am Because We Are : African Wisdom in Image and Proverb Hardback


I Am Because We Are features 125 black and white photographs by Betty Press taken all over East and West Africa since 1987, combined with related African proverbs compiled by Annetta Miller, an American born in Tanzania.The book highlights the importance of proverbs in educating members of African societies on how to think, how to behave, and how to have a better life.

Press took these photographs with the goal of making a significant educational and artistic contribution to the appreciation and understanding of African culture and society as well as our own.The photographs of daily life deal with knowledge, cooperation, love, beauty, friendship, hope, humor, sorrow, happiness, gratitude, dance, tradition, faith, peace, war, death, and human relationships.

These are the same themes found in African proverbial language.

Thus came the natural idea of coupling images with proverbs.

Together they offer a powerful expression of African life and the universality of human emotions, ideas, and knowledge.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 184 pages, 125|125 black & white photographs
  • Publisher: Betty Press, Photographer
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  • Category: Photographs: collections
  • ISBN: 9780983545446


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