Living Africa

Steve Bloom


In his new book, Steve Bloom expresses, as no photographer has ever done, the essence and the diversity of this gigantic continent. From the tallest sand dunes in the world in the Namibian desert to the lush green wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, from the swirling markets of Zanzibar to the windswept rocks and gullies of South Africa’s Table Mountain, he captures the colors and cultures of Africa today.

More than 200 photographs of Africa’s peoples and wildlife perfectly encapsulate the vibrancy of tribal traditions and the beauty of the landscape. Here are Monzambican miners who endure harsh working conditions nearly two miles underground; Ndebele women running community workshops; Surma and Mursi women with giant plates in their lips, a custom that dates back to slave-trade days when tribes would mutilate themselves in order to be left alone; and many others across the continent, north, south, east, and west.

Alongside these stories of human fortitude and stamina, there are awe-inspiring photographs of African wildlife: cheetahs, their coats a blur of color against the sun-bleached background; the vast flocks of birds scattered across bright blue skies; and herds of zebras gathered in the African moonlight.

Best-selling author and photographer Steve Bloom grew up in South Africa and is one of the world’s leading photographers of nature and wildlife. He lives in London.


[Bloom’s] photographs are intimate and touching and often surreal… and you will revel in their magic.

— Boston Herald


Steve Bloom


Steve Bloom is a highly regarded natural-history photographer. He has published many titles with Thames & Hudson for both adults and children.