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Cattle of Kings. The Remarkable Mundari of South Sudan

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/Other
  • Photographer
    Tariq Zaidi
  • Website

Tariq Zaidi has spent the last 10 years photographing tribal and indigenous people in over 30 countries in Africa. He has just returned from South Sudan, where he photographed the little-documented Mundari tribe.
It is hard to overstate the importance of cattle to the Mundari people. Their animals are everything - wealth, status, sustenance and dowry - and they guard them with their lives. They farm a breed of cattle called Ankole-Watusi – a distinctive white animal with curved horns, also known as ‘the cattle of kings’.
With a single cow or bull worth up to $500, “Their cows are the most important thing in their lives,” says Zaidi. “And they will protect them at all costs.”

Tariq Zaidi is a multi-linguist with an in-depth understanding of regional and cultural sensitivities having lived in more than 10 countries.

Currently based in London, he has visited over 90 countries to date and travels extensively in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa where he seeks out and explores new sights, people and cultures.

Travelling however is not enough for Tariq. He believes that it is necessary to immerse himself as much as possible in these cultures to produce striking images.

Tariq's interest as a photographer range from editorial, advertising, fundraising, travel assignments for nonprofit organizations and photo documentaries addressing human dignity, hardship and poverty in developing countries.

He is currently working on two self-publications and looking for a sponsor for an exhibition portraying human dignity in some of the poorest countries in the world.