About the Book
Working in conjunction with the Disappearing Cultures Foundation, I’ve been asked to capture, through my camera lens, the multidimensional characteristics of the customs, rituals, and events surrounding our world's nations and cultures. As the years go by, my appreciation for these cultures have increased. I have traveled far and wide and seen many diverse peoples and yet, I am dumbfounded by the lack of tolerance.
What genre of photos will you find in the following pages? Nothing really shocking -- just the simple, colorful life of a vibrant and diverse world. You will find a world in which the people of all religions reside peacefully, side-by-side on the same page. Where the special Hungarian pig slaughter man and the faithful praying Muslim serenely co-exist in tolerance and patience.
After flipping through this book, I hope that you will get an idea of how beautiful the world is and recognize that everyone of us has a special place in it. And see that being different adds fullness and richness, not fear, to one’s life.
The photos chosen for this book do not depict acts of war or violence. Nor am I interested in personal glory or fame. I do not want to instill terror into the reader. Rather, the photos are just simply there as facts. You will find people living their everyday lives; some Indians, then a group of African nomads, maybe people in South East Asia, or a scene at a restaurant in Vienna or in a Scandinavian reindeer herder's farm. Anywhere and everywhere. All cultures are ranked at the same level. They are all valuable and connected. Just like us.
Attila Lorant is a Hungarian photographer, author, and founder of the Disappearing Cultures Foundation. In 2002, he began as a photojournalist by creating a visual documentary of various native cultures. In this work he offers us glimpses of the Nilo-Hamite cultures in East Africa and the cultures of the Swahili Coast region. In 2003, he published “East Africa is More Than a Safari.” This publication marked the beginning of his journey into the Indian Cultures of South America. As a result, National Geographic helped publish his 312-page book entitled “Indian Cultures along the Amazon and the Andes” in 2003. Finally, “Wappony” was published in