The Algerian Sahara is the most varied of African deserts. Four times
the size of France, it presents all the faces the wilderness can take:
seas of sand dunes, rugged mountains, lush wadis, desperately flat plateaux,
stone plains which estend beyond the horizon... However, and this always
remains a cause of wonder, men have been living in this harsh environment
for millenia. In many of the oases which springs have allowed to blossom,
the refreshing shadow of the palm trees turns the orchards into 'unexpected
paradises' ('paradis inattendus' in French). The Neolithic
hunter-gatherers have left countless masterpieces on the walls of the
caves of the Tassili of the Azdjers. The Tuaregs are developing new
strategies to survive in the desert as they are forced to abandon their
traditional nomadic way of life. Last but not least, oil has become
one of the most important assets of the region.
96 pp., 25 x 30 cm (10"
x 12,5"), 190 colour photographs, out of which 23 reproduced full-size,13
double-pages and two unfolding pages 115 x 24 cm, map.