Out of Africa


Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Louis Vuitton’s ‘Out of Africa’ fantasy

Using locations in Africa as backdrops to sell clothes and bags is nothing new – especially bags and clothes that certain class of travellers and outdoorsy people like to call “gear”. As in “stuff necessary to show you’re ready for hardship.” Sometimes, though, the mythology referenced, re-ignited, and re-iterated in newly romaticised packaging is so…well, moronic that...

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Out of Africa

Vanity Fair’s June issue has a profile. of Hillary Clinton. It contains tons of information about her working relationship with President Barack Obama, how she made up with Samantha Power, the Obama ally and Harvard professor, who...

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Africa on Film: Out of Africa

While reviewing this week’s film, Out of Africa (1985), for our series Africa on Film, I wondered what I would write about. Many people have bones to pick with this film but I was unable to distinguish...

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Peter Beard’s Africa

On a previous incarnation of this blog I have written about how I am not sure how I feel about the work of photographer Peter Beard.  That he thinks of Africa as a spoilt Eden, his muse is...