portrait of a man from a tribe in the nature, omo valley by Ken Hermann

The Beauty of Omo Valley A photography project by Ken Hermann

Beauty of Omo Valley is a series of portraits of some of Africa’s vanishing tribes.

“As the title suggests, my ambition in this project was to capture the beauty of these primitive communities – and the environment they live in.

What particularly fascinates me about Omo Valley is the tribes who live in complete harmony with the beautiful and unspoiled nature. The tribal communities live there as they have over the last 1000 years; Without much contact with civilization. No running water, electricity, sewerage or shopping. Therefore, the tribal people usually walk around naked or covered with a simple blanket wrapped around them.

Even if I have been in the southern part of Omo tree times to complete Beauty of Omo Valley I still feel the urge to explore this incredible part of the world. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and had the chance to photograph.”

Monthly Photo Contest

Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
© Michelle Marshall

2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!


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