ALL CULTURES SHARE THE SAME RAW GENIUS
This bold concept underpins the life work of Wade Davis, the renowned anthropologist and best-selling author whose decades of travel are reflected in this kaleidoscopic collection of photographs and experiences. From coming-of-age ceremonies in New Guinea to sacred pilgrimages in the mountains of Colombia, from a Dogon elder in Mali to geisha elegance in Japan—Davis bears witness to meaning in the lives of people around the world, and shares in word and image moments both remarkable and simply human.
As National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, ethnographer, author, photographer, and filmmaker Wade Davis has traveled the world, including East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia, and the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland. We are proud to feature images from his latest book of photographs.
“If there was one theme propelling my work as a young botanist and anthropologist it was a concern for the erosion of both cultural and biological diversity, and a recognition that the loss of the former was directly related to the sacrifice of the latter. The forces responsible for the destruction of habitat and the extinction of plants and animals, whether in the Amazon or Borneo, West Africa or Nepal, were essentially the same as those compromising the human legacy—egregious industrial practices, ill-conceived development schemes and policies, brute power, and the triumph of ideology implicit in the ubiquitous cult of modernity.” —Wade Davis
[Header image: A camel caravan makes its way through the Sahara to Taoudenni, an ancient salt mine some 400 miles north of Timbuktu.]