East Africa

Vanishing Africa is a valuable historical record of East Africa's traditional customs and ceremonies.

Mirella Ricciardi’s seminal book Vanishing Africa, published in 1971 has preserved and cherished a time past. Although now out of print, it is a valuable historical record of East Africa’s traditional customs and ceremonies.

Now part of the archive's fine art collections, we not only see an honest portrayal of tribal life and community, we are also aware of Mirella’s talent as a sensitive photographer.

Fifty years on, these photographs taken in 1967-68 still continues to inspire. It gives younger generations a chance to learn of the tribal traditions, origins, migrations and cultural differences.

Issues surrounding the preservation of community, culture and the environment are ever present as these tribal customs rapidly evolve and change.

This collection will always continue to honour Africa’s heritage as well as Mirella’s prolific photographic career. It celebrates a unique timeless graphic style, revered by some of her contemporaries and admirers.