In honor of Black History Month and Africana Studies 50th Anniversary, please join us for an exclusive book signing with photographer and CSUN Journalism Professor, David Blumenkrantz. His book, Edges of Africa features portraits and documentary work from East and Central Africa.
Description below from David Bumenkrantz's website.
Edges of Africa is an anthology of portraiture and documentary photojournalism, chronicling life in East Africa between 1987-1994. During this time David Blumenkrantz lived and worked in both urban and rural Kenya. He traveled extensively to several other countries in the East Africa region, including Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Zaire (today known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The 190-page book features more than 200 photographs in color and black & white, and more than 20 essays covering a wide range of topics in four sections: Rural Life, Urban Life, Pastoral Life, and Political Life. There is also a special sub-section dedicated to Blumenkrantz's work with street children and urban poverty. The book also features Forewords written by Antony Kaminju and Noor Khamis, both accomplished Kenyan photojournalists. Edges of Africa is primarily a book of portraiture, but also covers significant events that occurred during this pivotal period of African history, including the Rwandan Genocide, the AIDS crisis in Uganda, the multiparty democracy movement in 1990's Kenya, environmental activist (and Nobel Prize winner) Wangari Maathai, the funeral of Mau Mau leader General China, Eritrea's struggle for independence from Ethiopia, the civil war in South Sudan, and many more. David Blumenkrantz, a photographer and writer for more than 30 years, has an MFA in Visual Communication and is now a professor of visual communication and documentary photojournalism at California State University, Northridge. His photographs have been published and exhibited in several countries. His current work includes ongoing documentary projects on homelessness in Los Angeles, and Intangible Cultural Heritage in China.