by Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak & Pilar Fatás
29 November 2022
About your Guide
Founder and Chairman, Trust for African Rock Art
David Coulson is a photographer, writer, and African explorer as well as being a specialist in African rock art. He is the founder and Executive Chairman of TARA (the Trust for African Rock Art). His home is in Nairobi, where he lives with his wife Deborah. They have two daughters, Daisy and Alice.
In the earlier part of his career (‘80s and early ‘90s) David worked as a professional photographer and writer, and his books and articles were published across the world. It was during the many travels for these projects that he became aware of the richness, diversity and antiquity of Africas rock art heritage to which he became increasingly became aware of the richness, diversity and antiquity of Africas rock art heritage to which he became increasingly drawn. Many of his travels took him to deserts, and having initially published illustrated books on the Kalahari and Namib deserts of Southern Africa he began traveling extensively in the Sahara desert, mainly by now, in pursuit of rock art.
In the mid-1990s, David founded TARA with the help of Dr Mary Leakey and Sir Laurens van der Post. Since its inception TARA’s work has been supported by a number of well known international institutions such as National Geographic, and the Getty, Ford and Andrew Mello Foundations. Realizing that the biggest threat to this remarkable heritage was ignorance, David used his photography and international network to create a greater global awareness of the importance and endangered state of this art. His book, with the late Alec Campbell, African Rock Art, was the African countries and its work has been internationally recognized. In 2004, David received a letter recognized in a filmed statement by former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.
In 2014 the British Museum acquired a digital copy of David’s (TARA’s) digital archive of 30,000 rock art images, with metadata, which now form part of the Museum worldwide online collections. This extensive rockart collection from 20 diffErent countries has already opened numerous windows onto Africa’s rich past.
€10,000 Per Person (provisional)
This safari is based on a group of approx 10 people plus guide.