Filmmaker, Ethnographer and Photographer Rina Sherman is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. These images are from her book “Ma vie avec les Ovahimba” . To see Rina’s gallery of works click on any image.
The Ovahimba, a community of cattle farmers, live on both sides of the Kunene River that forms the border between Namibia and Angola. From 1997 to 2004, the ethnographer, filmmaker and photographer Rina Sherman shared the life of an extended family during a fieldwork study of seven years. During this time, she created in-depth documentation of some aspects of their everyday and ritual lives. The archival collection “The Ovahimba Years – Les années Ovahimba”, consisting of several hundred hours of video and sound, thousands of photographs and many notes, composes a unique ensemble of this community, both of universal interest and innovative as an ethnography. Rina Sherman donated it to the French National Library (BnF) in 2014. In the fall of 2015, the BnF – François Mitterrand hosted her The Ovahimba years / Rina Sherman, a trans-disciplinary exhibition, featuring fine art photographic archival and silver prints, twelve short video films, ten soundscapes set up at the entrance, a collection of objects, drawings and working documents. Rina Sherman intends to return to Namibia and Angola to continue her fieldwork.