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En Afrique by George Rodger

With photographs spanning more than three decades from the 1940s, George Rodger's book records an assortment of customs, rituals and communities throughout Africa

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George Rodger | En Afrique Young Basuto boy wrapped in blankets against the cold on the Thaba Bosiu (Mountain of the Night). Basutoland, South Africa. 1947. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique Pondo Tribe. Transkei, South Africa. 1948. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique The Pondo tribe girls have special types of beadwork headdresses which denote their status in life. Adolescent girls wear a single band round the forehead, betrothed girls a double band, and marrie (...)
George Rodger | En Afrique Traditional regalia of the AmaNgwane tribe includes spears and fighting sticks. Swaziland.1948. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique Wagasero girls wear strings of beads around their foreheads. Uganda. 1948. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique Pygmies. The Bachimbiri and Wagasero dance their own version of a courting dance, the 'Kamundere', before a semi-circle of men from the tribes kneel before them. Uganda. 1948. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique Children from the Wagogo tribe wear special headgear for the circumcision ceremony. Tanzania. 1947. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique Emmanuel, son of the chief of the Bunyaro tribe, goes hunting with a spear. Uganda. 1954. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique 'The Executioner' of Bunyoro with his symbolic axe. In ancient times he was kept very busy. Uganda. 1954. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique The Nubas. Kordofan, Sudan. 1949. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique The keyhole entrance to a Nuba house in the Korongo Jebels (mountains). Doorways are shaped to allow admittance to people carrying loads of firewood on their heads. Kordofan, Sudan. 1949. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique Two fighters from the Kao-Nyaro tribe who use lethal bracelets during fights. Kordofan, Sudan. 1949. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique Masai Moran circumcision ceremony. Kenya. 1979. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique Well before sunrise a young Masai candidate for circumcision stands the taunting of junior Moran who have already been circumcised at the age of 13 to 15. Kenya. 1979. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique A Wakonje fishermen with his catch of Ngege fish. Lake Edward, Uganda. 1948. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique Snake charmers dance with the snakes. There is a secret 'makula', anti snake bite serum, kept in a horn with the chief drummer in case of bites. Tanzania. 1948. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique Latuka rainmaker dancers. Sudan. 1948. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos
George Rodger | En Afrique Latuka rainmaker dancers performing. Sudan. 1948. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos