Peter Bogardus: Out of Africa



"The trajectory of my life work has brought me to Seventeen Trees," Peter Bogardus says.  His most recent book, Seventeen Trees, Africa is an outgrowth from his travels in the continent, where  he has documented with his camera different aspects of African spiritual life in Senegal, The Gambia, Mali, Gabon, and Ethiopia. Again and again throughout his journeys he photographed extraordinary trees, and this book is his distillation of that time.

Bogardus studied art at Hampshire College, where he apprenticed to noted sculptor and printmaker Leonard Baskin, and at the New York Academy of Art and the International Center of Photography. The books he produces are beautiful objects in and of themselves, painstakingly crafted, with every step done by hand--from the snapping of a photograph to the working of the press. His books are in the collections of Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, The British Library, and The Library of Congress, as well as many other institutions and private collections.