Mane, Kenya - 1976

Maasai and the lion


Original Edition Signed and Numbered

At this time Yann was living in Kenya with his wife Anne and her two young children.

Anne & Yann became friendly with the Maasai. They talked with them about animals, the life in their villages, their ceremonies.

« In 1978, we were camping on the banks of the Mara river and the Maasai women came each morning. They loved paging through our animal guides. »

The lions and the Maasai form part, for Westerners, of the African myth. Their pride, their independence and their courage, as well as their beauty, are sufficient reasons for this facination.

« When one is a beginner like I was, it is easy to take beautiful photos with the Maasai. Their movements, the painting on their bodies … it is enough just to press on the button. They were my first portraits. »

Yann Arthus-Bertrand photographed other memorable moments in the life of the savannah such as the migration of the gnus. More than two million animals in movement in a single herd, eternally in search of new pastures.


Taken in 1976, It is a silver photography. His original slide is stored by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio in Paris.


Original work by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The prints are made exclusively by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio in Paris under the control of the artist himself.

Original Edition Signed and Numbered

Prints ordered without frames include a white border
- Format 1, 2 & 3 = 2 cm of white border around the image
- Format 4, 5 = 4 cm of white border around the image
- Format 6 = 5 cm of white border around the image
Digital print made by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio. Canon IPF 9400 Ink-jet printer, pigmentary ink, printing on acid free 100% cotton fibre paper (Museo Silver Rag)

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