1. Mali Tombouctou skyline

    A view of the Tombouctou skyline as seen from the roof of the Djinguereber Mosque in the fall of 1995. I like how, since the buildings and the streets are the same color, the city seems to have grown out of the earth. Yes, Tombouctou actually exists! Every since I returned from Mali, I've found myself assuring people around the world that this is actually a real place, not a mythical city or a long-lost place that we just name to refer to somewhere too far away to imagine.

  2. Mali Moribayasa

    March 1994, in the village of Solo, Keleya Arrondissement, Mali. Every spring, the village celebrates what they call "Moribayasa". I was told that the celebration is to show thankfulness for the previous year's harvests so that they will have a good harvest in the coming season. It's a fun week, including, among other things, plenty of dancing and music, sacrifices, and even old women dressing up as the old men and acting out little plays to poke fun at them. This was the first &quo...

  3. Kyrgyz Republic Not in My Own Words....

    I am a Nebraskan.  I wanted to join the Peace Corps since I was 8.  Then when I got to college I learned I had to finish college, that is what I did.  I worked my way through college with Peace Corps on my mind.  My Czech/Russian teacher one day started talking about me joining the military.  And I looked at her, with such a strange look, as if my eyes were quoting War and Peace: " screwing up his eyes."  She promised I wouldn't have to do basic training.  I didn't really belive it....

  4. Togo Becoming Abla

    A man does what he must to provide for his family. But in the small West African nation of Togo, it goes much deeper than that: each man is assigned a name based on the things he does, and is constantly judged by it. When I began my service as Peace Corps Volunteer in the village of Amegnran more than 15 years ago, I quickly learned that the predominant ethnic group in the area — the Ouatchi — classified every man by his character, work ethic and worth to his neighbors. According to the ...

  5. Senegal Queen for a Day!

    Near the end of my Peace Corps tour, I received a call from Chicago. It was from the Oprah Winfrey Show. She wanted to know if I would like to be a guest on her Mother's Day Show. "Why of course!".  I prepared a short video clip from Senegal for Harpo Studios which was shown on the show.  We surprised my daughter who thought I was still in Senegal,  with  my presence. I was given limosine service and great hotel accomodations. I felt like a queen for a day. What a way to top off my...

  6. Senegal Queen for a Day!

    Near the end of my Peace Corps tour, I received a call from Chicago. It was from the Oprah Winfrey Show. She wanted to know if I would like to be a guest on her Mother's Day Show. "Why of course!".  I prepared a short video clip from Senegal for Harpo Studios which was shown on the show.  We surprised my daughter who thought I was still in Senegal,  with  my presence. I was given limosine service and great hotel accomodations. I felt like a queen for a day. What a way to top off my ...

  7. Togo Building wells

    We built 3 hang-dug wells in Kouloumi with the help of Peace Corps Parnerships funds

  8. Togo With health volunteers at Kouloumi Dispensaire

    Outside our village health clinic with volunteers trained to do family planning talks

  9. Zimbabwe Curatorial Work at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe

    Curatorial WorkPermanent CollectionNational Gallery of Zimbabwe1993-1995   Chambers performed extensive curatorial work at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. The following exhibitions are just a few of the many he put together from the Gallery's Permanent Collection. In pre-colonial Zimbabwe, technology and the arts were successfully combined to produce the material requirements of a culture dating back a millenium. The people of Zimbabwe had developed technology appropriate for the manufactu...

  10. Zimbabwe Variations on the Dan Mask

    Variations on the Dan Mask   Chambers used an African Traditional mask from the Dan Tribe in Eastern Liberia (a piece from the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Permanent Collection: PC - 6400 - 0147) as the object for the photogram, then manipulated the non-exposed area generated from this original mask form to vary the look. There's a transference from a Traditional form to a Contemporary one, or in other words, this contemporary treatment remains within the confines of the Traditional form (thr...

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.