New Internationalist

Antonio Fiorente

November 2004
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I would describe photography as a form of speech: I talk through my images, as a form of sight; I see through my images, as a form of sound; I hear through my images.

There is so much beauty in everyday moments and everyday people. With over 80 different peoples in Ethiopia, and the magnificence and richness of each tradition, I beg to differ when this nation is labelled ‘poor’. While Western media parade Ethiopia’s poverty and bombard us with the greatness of Western living, I choose to portray the other side.

This is a photograph I took on a trip to the southern part of Ethiopia, in the Alaba Tembaro region. A trip out of the city is not just a trip for me, but an opportunity to capture moments that may come just once in a lifetime. I like to wake up at the break of dawn, head out into the village and take shots as the sun rises. On this particular day I was making my way through the market. Each face had a story of its own; each expression on every face told a million tales. I came across young women decorated with items I had never imagined being put to this particular use. I was mesmerized as I preserved for a lifetime a moment of beauty.

African Pictures

Antonio Fiorente, Ethiopia

Front cover of New Internationalist magazine, issue 373 This column was published in the November 2004 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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