Wilfred Thesiger was born in 1910 to the British Consul-General in Addis Ababa, Abyssinia (modern day Ethiopia). He spent his early years in Addis Ababa. During this time, he developed an interest in photography after he was allowed to play with his father’s roll-film box brownie. It was also in Addis where Thesiger’s curiosity of foreign cultures blossomed. Both of these interests defined his life and by the time of his death in 2003, he was credited for being one of the last great explorers and an important anthropological photographer.