NYC Exhibition of Ethiopia Images From Chester Higgins’ Africa Collection

The Sof Omar Cave in the Bale Zone of the Oromia Region (left) and the St. George church in Lalibela - Ethiopia. (Photos by Chester Higgins Jr.)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff | Art Talk

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New York (TADIAS) – “As a 25-year old, I did not know what to expect, but I knew that I was not traveling to Africa to see the animals,” photographer Chester Higgins Jr. said in the announcement of his current exhibition in New York entitled: My Soul Flies to Africa: Images from an Ongoing Journey.

Higgins, who has been a staff photographer for the New York Times since 1975, has traveled to Africa more than 30 times in the last forty years providing us with stunning photographs that stand in contrast to the endless stream of negative images that often dominate world headlines concerning the continent. He focuses his lens on people, historical locations, and cultural ceremonies – from Ethiopia to Mali – highlighting his deep sense of wonder, grace and connection to his subject matter.

“This installation exhibition is a retrospective of my work in Africa over the past four decades,” Higgins said in a recent interview with Tadias Magazine. “For me, each image represents unique encounters of discovery and becomes a memory of my experience.”

How often does he go to Africa these days? “I try to return to Africa once a year,” Higgins told us. “My most recent trip to Ethiopia was in November through December 2011.”

For his upcoming project in Ethiopia Higgins is focusing his lens on the Abay river. “Actually, I’m looking at how the Nile has, over thousands of years, become a spiritual corridor,” he said. “Perhaps, my photographs will broaden how Americans see Africa.”
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Video: An Ongoing Journey – My Soul Flies Home To Africa Opening

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3 Responses to “NYC Exhibition of Ethiopia Images From Chester Higgins’ Africa Collection”

  1. 1 Selam Mesfin May 23rd, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Beautiful! Thank you.

  2. 2 Nunu May 23rd, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you for these wonderful potraits of my ethiopia. No place like home.

  3. 3 Bilen May 25th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Lalibela at night is beautiful

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