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Photographs taken over the last five years by Hans Silvester, a German photographer, document the extraordinary body painting of the Surma and Mursi peoples of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. Semi-nomadic warriors, they live primarily by keeping large herds of cattle; their only Western accessory seems to be the Kalashnikov rifles they trade with Sudanese tribes.

Africa | A pregant Kaleri woman with scarification. Nigeria | © Rufus Camphausen, Return of the Tribal: Celebration of Body Adornment: Piercinf, Tattooing, Scarification, Body Painting (Rochester: Inner Traditions, 1998)

White Swan commission for Ashley Bouder, DQ DESIGNS tutus and more. To follow more boards dedicated to dance photography, pas de deux, little ballerinas, quotes, pointe shoes, makeup and ballet feet follow me I also direct the Mogale Youth Ballet and if you'd like to be patron of our company and keep art alive in Africa, head over to like us and send me a message!