USM professor releases photography book on life in Africa

© Betty Press
© Betty Press

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Southern Miss photography professor has recently released her first book that details her travels and experiences in Africa over the last twenty years.

Betty Press's book is called "I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom In Image and Proverb." Press lived in Kenya for eight years and the book features 125 black and white photographs from that country and many others in both Eastern and Western Africa.

In addition to Press's pictures, the book includes African proverbs that accompany the photographs. Press hopes those who look at her book will gain a more positive image of Africa.

Press said, "Well one thing I hope they take away is just the beauty of Africa and the African people, and all the different countries. Because there are many countries in Africa, it's a huge continent."

On October eighth during Hattiesburg's Fall Art Walk, Press's photographs will be on display at the Oddfellows Gallery on Front Street.

People can also purchase Press's book at Main Street Books in Hattiesburg.

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