Google Cultural Insititute

We are delighted to partner with the newly created Google Cultural Institute on making the historic "African Ceremonies: Passages" exhibition (originally curated by the Brooklyn Museum of Art) available worldwide, preserving it for future generations. Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, through their non-profit foundation, African Ceremonies Inc., have drawn from their vast archive on African cultures for this project.

The exhibition is hosted by The Art Project, part of the Google Cultural Institute, which is dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to present their material online. This online exhibition includes 95 color photographs, 7 video clips, with extensive captions and related text covering many African cultures, ancient rituals and rites of passage.

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African Heritage Lifetime Acheivement Award

April 2012 - Nairobi, Kenya

A Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional documentation of disappearing African indigenous cultures and for a prolific photographic partnership spanning three and a half decades.

Spanish Geographical Society Image Award 2009

March 2010
The Image Award recognized Carol & Angela for
excellence in the field of photography given the
Sociedad Geográfica Española. more...

WINGS WorldQuest Lifetime Achievement Award

April 2010
WINGS WorldQuest is an international organization dedicated to supporting and recognizing visionary women in discovery knowledge and conservation. The Lifetime Achievement award honours women who are pioneers in the field of exploration and discovery. more...

HP Indigo Award for DINKA 2009

Out of 450 projects from 170 countries DINKA was voted unanimously to receive first prize for the highest quality photographic book. DINKA is Carol and Angela’s limited edition book printed by R.E.Producciones in Santiago, Chile.

Lowell Thomas Award

October 2010
One of the most prestigious awards given by the Explorers Club, NYC, the Lowell Thomas Award honours men and women who have distinguished themselves in the field
of exploration. Past awardees include Edmund Hillary, Isaac Asimov, David Doubilet, and Buzz Aldrin. more...

ForeWord's Photographic Book of the Year for 'Lamu'

2009 Book of the Year Award for LAMU: Kenya’s Enchanted Island was announced at Book Expo America, New York City. ForeWord reviews awarded Lamu First Prize (Gold) in the Category of Photographic Book 2009. more...

Forthcoming Lectures


Book Publications

2015 African Twilight: The final volumes of African Ceremonies

September 2012 Release:

“Painted Bodies: African Body Painting, Tattoos and Scarification” by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher, Rizzoli Publishers, NYC
Click here to read the Painted Bodies press release

Click here to read the Beckwith and Fisher press release

Field Trips


August: Congo: The Kuba Royal Kingdom


January - Ethiopia:
Timkat Celebration, Lalibela
Site of ‘Lucy’, Hadar
Omo Valley Tribes

February - Ethiopia: Mursi Funeral in Omo Valley

June - Ethiopia: Dassenech Dimi Ceremony, Omo River


Mauretania: Salt Caravan Trade
Egypt: Festivals of the Nile
Congo: Luba, Pende and Chokwe Ceremonies
Masquerades of Burkina Faso
Omo Valley Tribes, Ethiopia


Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher announce seven upcoming expeditions to continue documenting africa’s vanishing cultures
Click here to read the press release