Eine Afrikanische Reise – 18.000 Kilometer
In the seventies, traveling was by no means as taken for granted as it is in todayʼs globalized world. Yet, that did not stop the award-winning Esslingen photographer Dieter Blum from traveling from Maghreb to Cape Town – by land.
With two companions and a Volkswagen Bulli, Blum began his journey, on January 1st, 1974, direction Morocco, to capture with his camera, life in Africa outside of the tourist paths.
After nearly three months and more than 18,000 kilometres on the speedometer,
through sand storms in the Sahara, muds in Central Africa, which could only be crossed in snail pace, after far too much pineapple to get something in the stomach and a short-term imprisonment by the henchmen of Idi Amin, they arrived half-way safe and happy in Cape Town.
All in all, an adventure that can hardly be imagined today, but Blum documented it with colourful pictures. This new volume reveals a unique panorama of travel photos, it is an ethnographic-historical photo reportage of the African wilderness, the still unknown continent.