The Priests and Pilgrims of Ethiopia
The Priests and Pilgrims of Ethiopia is a fine art, hard back, photographic book of 144 pages and over 100 colour photographs accompanied by insightful text and a foreword by Thomas Pakenham.
In this book Christopher Roche’s lens captures the biblical scenes of a faith that is as alive today as it was when it arrived in Ethiopia almost two thousand years ago. As he journeys through the northern highlands he witnesses the magical, holy festivals of Genna in Lalibela and Timket in Gondar, and explores the remote rock-hewn churches of Tigray.
This is a story of legend and adventure: the Queen of Sheba, the Ark of the Covenant, angels and serpents. Above all it is the story of a dignified people and their great spiritual devotion. Chris Roche’s photography reveals both the intimate and the epic aspects of this devotion, illuminating private moments and monumental landscapes. It is a testament to a tradition now facing the erosive forces of mass tourism and consumerism.
In his foreword, eminent author and historian Thomas Pakenham reflects on his own adventures in Ethiopia sixty years previously and the impression that this marvelous collection of photographs leaves on him.
“a series of landscapes so dazzling that Claude would have been proud to have invented them. The photographs are not merely striking. Many of them are masterpieces.” Thomas Pakenham.
“This collection of photographs can be valued as an irreplaceable cultural archive and as a body of work with great artistic integrity…” UNESCO office, Addis Ababa.