/ 2020 / Fine Art / People

Desert Song: Compositions of Kenya

  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/People
  • Company
    Drew Doggett Photography
  • Photographer
    Drew Doggett

In these images, the women of the Rendille tribe appear confident and poised as they stare down their future without hesitation - which is especially admirable given the male-dominated society they were born into. Wearing the jewelry native to their tribal community, they remain a bastion of traditional culture and an emblem of hope in the face of imminent changes to their ancestral heritage. They represent the next generation of women who will set the course for the future of the Rendille.

Drew Doggett has made a name for himself in the documentary and fine art world with his photography of some of the planet’s most unique and isolated indigenous cultures.

His 2009 solo trip to the isolated Himalayan area of Humla, Nepal, resulted in a book, Slow Road to China, and six gallery exhibitions in New York, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. Omo: Expressions of a People, a collection of photographs from Ethiopia, is the second of several expeditions Doggett has planned as part of this ten-year project.

Trained in fashion photography, Doggett creates images that capture a larger, perhaps classical, idea of beauty—one that speaks to worlds beyond the immediate context of his subjects. His photography of these traditional communities encourages Western viewers of all ages to draw links between seemingly disparate cultures. The interaction of landscape and human physicality is a particular focus of his work.

Since 2009, Doggett has incorporated a philanthropic element into his artistic pursuits with Art Cares. Thanks to this non-profit project, proceeds from the book and fine art prints of Slow Road to China have already funded all operations at a health center in rural Nepal for a year.

In 2012, the Omo collection was accepted into the Smithsonian African Art Museum’s photographic archives.