Amazing Africa: Faces that tell a story

Today, our photos come from Laura Cook, a professional photographer who travels all over the world on the quest to take photos of people in a beautiful and dignified way. Laura uses her pictures to tell the powerful, complex stories of her subjects. “It is time to strip away the negative images of so many countries and replace them with hope –- time to see with new eyes,” she writes on her website.

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She looks very content as she works in the market place. Yanfolila in southern Mali, West Africa. Photo credit: Laura Cook.

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This woman is making some strong Ethiopian coffee- I can almost smell it from here! Woman near Debre Birhan, Ethiopia. Photo credit: Laura Cook.

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You can’t help but smile when you see this photo. Elderly woman near Debre Birhan, Ethiopia. Photo credit: Laura Cook.

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What a beautiful little girl from Ethiopia. Taken near Debre Birhan, Ethiopia. Photo credit: Laura Cook.

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Little girl balancing sacks of bread on her head- wish I could balance that well! Kamakwie, northern Sierra Leone. Photo credit: Stephen Cook.

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Wow, the colors in this photo are just fabulous! Kolflo in southern Mali, West Africa. Photo credit: Laura Cook.

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Looks like a great vacation spot to me. Beach on the Freetown Peninsula in Sierra Leone. Photo credit: Laura Cook.

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Look at those beautiful brown eyes. Schoolgirl in Nankhufi, Malawi. Photo credit: Laura Cook.

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Cheery elder looks like he enjoys getting his photo taken. Mali, West Africa. Photo credit: Laura Cook.

To see more of Laura Cook’s amazing photos, check out her website here.

Do you have a beautiful photograph of life in Africa that you want to share in this weekly series? Email it to mgharib@one.org with “Amazing Africa” in the subject line.