|Julie Green with lion cub.|
Photo: Ida Kar
Born in 1943, Julie was inspired to take up photography whilst young, having her own darkroom by the age of 10. Whilst studying photography at Regent Street Polytechnic, Julie was mentored by renowned 60s bohemian photographer Ida Kar, and travelled the world on photographic assignments for organisations such as BOAC, Air India and American Express.
Julie first went to Ethiopia in 1969. A guest of Ethiopian Airlines, she toured far and wide with her camera, her lens capturing remote tribal village and Emperor alike.
Ethiopia’s astonishing breadth of cultural diversity is like no other in Africa. To the north, Orthodox Christian communities trace their lineage back to the 4th century. The Ethiopian Jews throw the net back further, to the first emperor of Ethiopia, Menelik I, son of the legendary Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. The first generation of Muhammad’s followers are reported to have made the hijra journey to the Kingdom of Aksum in Abyssinia as early as AD 613, and the medieval walled city of Harar in the east is testament to the firm footing Islam found here in Africa. Meanwhile, to the south, in the valleys watered by the Omo river, a plethora of diverse tribes celebrate traditional home-grown faiths whose origins are lost in the mists of antiquity.
‘Ethiopia is the most extraordinary country I’ve ever been to. It is absolutely staggering, filled with alps and meadows and jagged mountains, which look as though they have been made by children and just glued in. It is an astonishing place.
Julie Green has an artist’s eye for colour and a photojournalist’s instinct for seizing the moment, when a head turns, when the birds rush upwards, when the day is done, and to be at her shoulder as she takes these images is a huge and satisfying pleasure.’
- Joanna Lumley
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