Dori Caspi's African photography of the Himba tribe has required an investment of ten years. The Israeli photographer sought to build an intimate, trusting relationship with the Himba villagers, who have endured their fair share of hardship, including the influx of the AIDS epidemic and urban intrusions onto their land. These adversities threaten to eliminate the tribe all together. This specific series, which Caspi traveled to Namibia 15 times to complete, brings awareness to the Himba's precarious existence.
In terms of gaining this aforementioned trust, Caspi notes, “My camera was never used as a tool of anthropological or research-like documentation of the tribes’ way of life, but always as an instrument with which I could express my love for its wonderful people, and my admiration of their inner and physical beauty."
The intimacy that Caspi has achieved with the tribe is truly remarkable and offers an profoundly personal series.