A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu.
Photographs by Alexandra Huddleston.
Kyoudai Press, 2013. 96 pp., 37 color illustrations, 6x9".
Signed copies available!
333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu–a photographic book in English and French by Fulbright Scholar Alexandra Huddleston–tells a story of discovery: exploring a rich and beautiful African intellectual culture. The book takes the reader to a city that built its identity around a culture of scholarship and a love of books and learning.
Timbuktu, at the edge of the vast Sahara Desert, was little known in the West–except as a byword for the remote and exotic–until militant Islamist groups destroyed many of its religious shrines and ancient manuscripts in 2012. This hauntingly beautiful book captures a way of life and learning as it was shortly before the Islamists overran the city. These photographs depict a moment in time now almost gone, fading into history. They show a culture of moderate Islam that is under threat: a deeply rooted, ancient Islamic tradition of tolerance, erudition, and faith.
About the Limited Edition
The limited edition comes with a choice of one of two 8.5x11' archival inkjet prints printed on Hahnemuhle Glossy Fine Art Photo Rag Baryta paper. Each print is an edition of 6 with 2 artist proofs.
View print Ziyarat (ZIYAR) here
View print Manuscripts (MANUSC) here
Huddleston wrote an essay on the making and self-publishing of 333 Saints for photo-eye Blog. Read it here.