Otjiperi-Katjiperi- The Himba

The Himba are a semi-nomadic pastoral people in Namibia who in the majority still live their lives in their traditional way. However more Himba are leaving their rural homes and settling in the town of Opuwo. Anthropologists report an increasing drift towards modernity especially among young Himba men.

Recent studies have started to look at the impact of urbanisation on the Himba. Psychological studies have identified that even limited exposure (three visits) to the urban environment of Opuwo is enough to have a profound effect on the rural Himba’s view of the world; changing their extreme focus on detail in a rural environment towards a wider perspective seen in populations living in cities in the developed world.

The following portraits where made in the rural Himba villages in a makeshift studio.

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