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Young lady in Baščaršija II

Young lady in Baščaršija II, © Mehmed A. Akšamijaenlarge


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Object:Young lady in Baščaršija II
Description:A young Bosniak lady poses against a busy winter market scene in Baščaršija. She is standing in the left lower corner of the picture and smiling directly into the camera, as if presenting the view of the Sebilj fountain, dotted with pigeons, and the passers-by to the photographer. She is wearing a dark flowered dress and a fringed paisley mahrama fixed in front of her chest, to which she also clutches a small, dark handbag decorated with a large button. Two pigeons sit on the signboards above her head, and more on a cabel stretching diagonally across the picture against the sky. At some distance, the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque can be seen and the top of Sahat kula.
Comment:The woman is probably wearing dimije. Analogue photographic process, negative-positive (Agfa Isopan 17 DIN). Original preserved as a positive on silver bromine paper, stored as a print and a digital record.
Location:Sarajevo, Baščaršija
Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina (contemporary)
Yugoslavia (historical)
Creator:Akšamija, Alija M.
Dimensions:Positive: 180mm x 180mm
Keywords:100 Orientation > 103 Place Names
130 Geography > 131 Location
290 Clothing > 291 Normal Garb
340 Structures > 341 Architecture
340 Structures > 346 Religious and Educational Structures
460 Labor > 461 Labor and Leisure
560 Social Stratification > 563 Ethnic Stratification
Bibliography:Akšamija, Mehmed A. (2015): Alija M. Akšamija – Monografija arhivografije. Sarajevo: BANU. Vol. I, 30.
Copyright:Mehmed A. Akšamija
Archive:Alija M. Akšamija private collection, Sarajevo (Collection Sarajevski ciklus 1938./39. - Slučajni prolaznici Iia), Inv. No.: A.M.A. P 11 38
Editors:Mehmed A. Akšamija, Kristina Ilić, Nataša Mišković