Fashion-celebrity photographer Michael Thompson, who began his career assisting the legendary Irvin penn, shot the beautiful and original images for the campaign “I Am African“, in partnership with Conde Nast. See the images here. Possibly you have seen the images in magazines few months ago, but I wanted to link to this work because I find the campaign and images very powerful and captivating.
Interestingly, I found a charity site that is auctioning limited edition prints online here.
The campaign was launched few months ago to raise awareness and funds to combat Aids in Africa. It features a number of celebrities like Mischa Barton, Richard Gere, Lucy Liu, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Bowie, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz etc. The combination of black and white images, with splashes of color for the make up “depict a moving picture of modern day African identity”. The campaign is used by the non-profit organization Keep a Child Alive to raise awareness of our common roots to Africa (genetically all of us are linked to original ancestors that lived in Africa) and the need to support the fight against the AIDS pandemic.