Hans Silvester’s photographs of the Surma and Mursi people of the Omo Valley are featured on The Lardner Report, the website of media personality and consultant Lonnie Lardner. Silvester documents the use of bright mineral paints to embellish the skin and the use of flora and fauna to fashion spectacular headpieces and body accessories. Works from the artist's Natural Fashion and Les Peuples de L'Omo series were recently on view at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa.
Born in Lorrach, Germany in 1938, Silvester graduated from the School of Fribourg in 1955 before beginning his life as a traveler and photographer. His wide-ranging oeuvre includes studies of various regions around the world, including chronicles of France, Central America, Japan, Portugal, Egypt, Tunisia, Hungary, India, Peru, Italy, the Amazon, Greece, and Spain.
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