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Photography volume would make ideal platform to highlight the nation to UNWTO

Scenes from everyday life throughout Zambia are the subject of a new book of documentary photographs published this week.

Postcards from Zambia aims to showcase the nation in a positive light, highlighting people and society from all corners of the country – from Mansa to Livingstone, and from Mumbwa to Chipata.

“Zambia is a rich and vibrant country, full of strong and amazing people going about their everyday lives,” explained the book’s author, Peter Langmead. “My aim was to capture that essence of the heart of Zambia, for two reasons: firstly to counter the West’s all-too-often negative view of Africa, and secondly to try to provide a benchmark for recording society for the benefit of Zambia.”

The 95-page book features 77 stunning photographs taken by Dr Langmead during his travels around Zambia and reflecting almost 40 years working as a development consultant.

The book also features an introduction that explores the parallels between the history of Zambia and that of photography, which share some intriguing milestones.

The camera first arrived in what is now called Zambia with David Livingstone’s expedition of 1858-64, and Victoria Falls was first photographed in 1892. When Zambia achieved Independence in 1964, the world was beginning to develop colour photography.

Dr Langmead hopes the book will inspire a new generation of budding Zambian photographers to take up documentary photography and ensure that the life of the country is chronicled for posterity.

In addition to targeting a local readership, Postcards from Zambia also provides a snapshot of life in Zambia for those less familiar with the country, whether tourists, business visitors or overseas observers. As such, it makes an ideal platform to showcase the country for the United Nation World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in August.

Dr Langmead will be signing Postcards from Zambia at Planet Books, Arcades Shopping Mall, Lusaka, from 10hrs to 12hrs on Saturday, March 9.

The book is available from main bookshops throughout the country, and in the UK through at

The images are also being toured as an exhibition, and can be viewed at, and on

Postcards from Zambia is published by Langmead & Baker Ltd. ISBN 978-9982-896-02-3. Price: KR100.



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