African Proverbs
Betty Press and Annetta Miller

African Proverbs is a powerful expression of African life and culture. The compelling black and white photographs and timeless proverbial wisdoms give the reader a greater understanding of a culture deeply rooted in oral and visual tradition. Working with Annetta Miller, a lifelong resident of East Africa and collector of African proverbs, Betty Press matches her eye-catching photography with proverbs on the topics of family, society, material culture, environment, religion, and war and peace. Through the coupling of her images with proverbs, Press highlights African views on knowledge, cooperation, love, beauty, friendship, hope, humor, happiness, sorrow, misfortune, gratitude, dance, tradition, and human relationships. The natural rhythm, poetry and instructiveness of the proverbs underscores the powerful emotions captured in these images and expresses the universality of human emotions, ideas, and knowledge.