Books for Namibia travel & photography inspiration


Any keen photographer who has travelled to a distant land can tell you finding the right places to visit can be tough. It becomes tougher still when you wish to do more than simply snap shots of the passing landscape with little regard for the gems a place like Namibia has hidden beneath her sands.

Thinking of heading to Namibia? Or on the look out for a photographic destination? Here are just some books we’ve pulled out to whet your appetite. These books go beyond merely portraying the astonishing landscapes and vistas of Namibia and delve into the histories and societies found across this varied and complex country.

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Namibia by Richard Ehrlich

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Why we like it: This work is a more traditional collection of photographs. Richard Ehrlich contrasts the stark beauty of harsh Namibian landscapes with the insides of abandoned homes in deserted diamond mining towns. The author has done a tremendous job of uncovering photographic gems that have been hidden under layers of sand blown by desert winds.

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Places in the Sand by Margaret Courtney-Clark

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Why we like it: “Places in the Sand” primarily serves as an in-depth look at the Namib Desert through a series of 48 colour and 16 black-and-white photographs. What sets this collection of photographs from other similar publications is the intimate knowledge of the land Courtney-Clark grew up in. Her personal anecdotes and homegrown insights make this an informative and stirring photographic books on the Namib Desert. 

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Namibia- A Visual Tour Through Its Regions by Thomas Dressler

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Why we like it: Many books have chronicled Namibia’s landscapes, but this book by Thomas Dressler goes deeper into the fabric of Namibia than most. Yes, there are gorgeous landscape photographs between its covers but in addition to these are several photographs of the people of Namibia and the massively varied wildlife found in Namibia. From the Skeleton Coast to the Namib Desert this book describes the landscapes, flora and fauna found in Namibia and details how the people of Namibia live within and with them.

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Bush of Ghosts by John Liebenberg

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Why we like it: “Bush of Ghosts” concerns itself primarily with the last five years of the South African Border War. The book consists of a series of personal and unique photographs secretly taken by John Liebenberg as he braved steep fines and/or imprisonment if caught (at the time taking these kinds of photographs documenting the war had been outlawed by the South African Apartheid government). This book gives a unique narrative of an often forgotten conflict and is a must for all Namibian history buffs and those interested in learning more about an under-imagined part of global history.

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Namibia: Safari Companion by Alain Pons; Christine Baillet

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This book is a less traditional photo-book. The authors of this book not only provide the reader and would-be traveller with a beautiful array of photographs but also give advice as to how to go on an “adventure” holidays in Namibia. “Namibia Safari” makes a welcome addition to any coffee table but what sets it apart from other coffee-table books is that it may just provide the reader of it with enough of a plan, and enough motivation, to get out of their easy-chair and do some adventure holidaying in Namibia.

 

What books have inspired you?

Have you read a book on Namibia that got inspired you to travel or to tell a story through photography? Share it with us on Twitter by including @NamibiaHorizons in your tweet, or leave a comment below so we can add your books to our list.

 

More book suggestions from our Namibia fans

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NAMIBIA by Frances D. Gallogly

View it for free on Blurb here

Recommended by Fran Gallogly @tangogalfrances:

"The photo book that I published after visiting this wonderful country" 

 

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Namibia Space by Julienne du Toit & Chris Marais

Find it on Amazon here

Recommended by Kevin Russell @Wildtiere

 

 

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Lords of the Last Frontier by Lawrence G. Green

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Recommended by Bob Heffner via Facebook:

"It may be dated, and it is not a photographic book as the ones enumerated on your list, but it captures the history and spirit of Namibia."

 

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Skeleton Coast: Africa's Last Wilderness by Thorsten Milse

Find it on Amazon here

Recommended by Guido Haeger via Facebook:

"Despite the name it's also about the Kaokoveld with the Hoanib, Desert Elephants and much more. There's a preview with some photos on amazon.de - for me the best Namibia Photo book"

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The Namib: Natural History of an African Desert by Mary Seely

Find it on NHBS here

Recommended by Harvey Leifert

 

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