This is more than an online Photography Tour: It is the documentation of an amazing trip in a country that is rapidly changing.
Ten years ago, I went on a photography trip to Ethiopia. My goal was to take interesting, original shots of the traditional tribes living in the Omo Valley.
I had already been to Ethiopia before, but I never saw, up to 2010, the dramatic, change the country was going through. Construction sites everywhere, new roads, and then the big huge dams, which, unfortunately, I could never get close enough to photograph. All that change was the promise of a new nation with a new and different future: a future very far from the sadly famous images of the famine that in the '80s shocked the whole world.
Yet, change always comes with a cost and the good of some represents the ruin of others, especially of those groups living at the margins of society. In this case, those are the traditional tribes of the Omo Valley, the ones I photographed the Mursi, the Kara, and the Hamer.
This reportage is made by two hundred photos organized in the most unique online virtual tour documents the cultural, social, and economic change the indigenous people are experiencing.
“For me, documentary photography has always come with great responsibility. Not just to tell the story honestly and with empathy, but also to make sure the right people hear it. When you photograph somebody who is in pain or discomfort, they trust you to make sure the images will act as their advocate.” (Giles Duley)