This artwork is from the "Omo Collection" by South African fine arts photographer David Ballam. A collection of portraits from the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. With traditional customs and beliefs, that are still largely unaffected by outside influences, the people of the Omo Valley are beautifully unique.

This image is a landscape orientation.
Available in a wooden framed canvas or rolled canvas.


A selection of Black and White Portraits by David Ballam of Tribes from the Omo Valley, Ethiopia. The valley lies in the Southwest of Ethiopia close to its borders with Kenya and Sudan and forms part of the Ethiopian sector of the East African Rift Valley System. There are more than 16 tribes of different ethnic and language groups that live in the Omo Valley with an estimated 200 000 tribal people. Some believe the tribes to be among the most fascinating and unique on the African continent - and around the world. Embroidered animal skins, colourful beads, shells, clay plates, body painting and scarring (to name a few) are used by the tribes to decorate themselves. From tribe to tribe the type of adornments differ, and in most cases, one can determine which tribe a woman or a man belongs to and their social status according to their adornments. Each tribe has its own traditions, beliefs and customs and in their own unique way they all continue to retain their original lifestyle. 


Print on canvas:

  • Small Rectangular: 120x80cm
  • Large Rectangular: 180x120cm
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Framed canvas:
Digital Signature placed on the Print. Not Editioned.
The canvas is stretched onto a frame and framed in a reclaimed wood frame.
Rembrandt Canvas 380 g/m2: A UV resistant 100% cotton fabric with a white matt surface. A high-resolution coating on the printing side provides for well-contrasted, high resolution and high-density image reproduction.

Unframed original archival paper prints by email enquiry:
Limited Edition, Hand Signed & Embossed.
Size available:
  • Standard Rectangular: 90x63cm
  • Large Rectangular:100x159cm