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Beige cover of Voodoo, featuring a black female sitting with fabric wrapped around her body, published by 5 Continents Editions.


By (author) Jean-Dominique Burton


  • An introduction to the world of Voodoo through rare portraits of Voodoo priests and priestesses and their enigmatic altars
  • Aimed at the world of photography, contemporary art (the fetish objects portrayed resemble contemporary sculptures along the lines of Anish Kapoor), students of anthropology and people who are interested in issues related to religion and esotericism
  • Straight photography at its best with an excellent book design and top notch reproductions
  • Book deals with Voodoo in Africa, which is known much less than Voodoo as practiced in the Caribbean
Full Description

After roaming the roads of Asia for thirty years, the Belgian photographer Jean-Dominique Burton set out to take portraits of the great kings of Burkina Faso, and thus discovered West Africa. It was in this context that he also came to learn about Voodoo culture. He found a fascinating world of rituals and legends, frequently symbolized by abstract shrines – a subtle mix of sculpture, painting and installations worthy of the most prestigious contemporary art galleries. The striking photographs of Jean-Dominique Burton presented in this book delicately lift the veil on this ancient and powerful form of spirituality and humbly show what is hidden behind it in all its grandeur and mystery.

Text in English, French and Italian.

About the Author
Jean-Dominique Burton (b. Belgium, 1952) has held numerous exhibitions over the past twenty years in Belgium and abroad. His various assignments have taken him from the Atlas Mountains to the Himalayas. His most recent publication is Naabas: Traditional Chiefs of Burkina Faso.
Five Continents Editions
1st Jan 2019
USA & Canada
9.06 in x 12.01 in
256 Pages
57 color, 57 b&w
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