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Young lady in Baščaršija

Young lady in Baščaršija, © Mehmed A. Akšamijaenlarge


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Object:Young lady in Baščaršija
Description:A young girl in European fashion poses in the left lower corner of a street scene in Baščaršija. She sports a chic short haircut Bubikopf, a light, striped dress with a bow tie and leather belt, and a watch around the wrist of her left arm, which is resting on her hip. Her right arm and her legs are not in view, but it is clear from her position that she is standing on the tram rails. The view opens onto Čekrekči Muslihudin Mosque with the minaret’s upper section also outside the frame, and onto the Vijećnica in the background.
Comment:According the photographer’s remarks, the young lady is a Bosniak girl. European fashion in Sarajevo in the period before World War II was rare and worn only by younger, modern women of the upper class. Make-up was not used, apart from lipstick applied by adult women to enhance the smallness of the mouth. Eyebrows were plucked to form a high and slender bow. Analogue photographic process, negative-positive (Agfa Isopan 17 DIN). Original preserved in the form of a positive on silver bromide paper, stored as a print and a digital record.
Location:Sarajevo, Baščaršija
Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina (contemporary)
Yugoslavia (historical)
Creator:Akšamija, Alija M.
Dimensions:Negative: 60mm x 60mm
Positive: 180mm x 180mm
Keywords:100 Orientation > 103 Place Names
290 Clothing > 291 Normal Garb
560 Social Stratification > 562 Gender Status
880 Adolescene, Adulthood, and Old Age > 883 Adolescent Activities
Bibliography:Akšamija, Mehmed A. (2015): Alija M. Akšamija – Monografija arhivografije. Sarajevo: BANU. Vol. I, 32.
Copyright:Mehmed A. Akšamija
Archive:Alija M. Akšamija private collection, Sarajevo (Collection Sarajevski ciklus 1938./39. - Slučajni prolaznici IVa.), Inv. No.: A.M.A. P 12 38
Editors:Mehmed A. Akšamija, Nataša Mišković