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SIBA – A Visual Approach to Explore Everyday Life in Turkish and Yugoslav Cities, 1920s and 1930s

Fruit vendor in Baščaršija

Fruit vendor in Baščaršija, © Mehmed A. Akšamijaenlarge


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Object:Fruit vendor in Baščaršija
Description:A white-bearded man is squatting on a low willow stool in Baščaršija selling fruit from two large baskets in front of him. He is neatly dressed in a loose, white shirt underneath a sleeveless jacket, with an ahmedija wrapped around his head and woollen stockings and opanci on his feet. A large shoulder bag hangs to his left, while his left hand is holding a stick lying over the baskets. He is looking straight over the baskets in front of him, seemingly unaware of the photographer. There is also an umbrella lying on the baskets. A second white-bearded man is standing behind the baskets, tasting the fruit, looking away both from the camera and the seller. He wears traditional Bosniak urban clothes, including čakšire, jelek, a shawl wrapped around his waist as a belt, and an ahmedija. A passer-by dragging a cart loaded with wood is watching the scene. In the background, people are gathered in front of a 'kahva' kahvehane and shops in Baščaršija.
Comment:The fruit the old man is selling is visible in the buyer’s left hand, it seems to be a peach. Analogue photographic process, negative-positive (Agfa Isopan 17 DIN). Original preserved as a negative and positive on silver bromine paper, stored as a print, negative and digital record.
Location:Sarajevo, Baščaršija
Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina (contemporary)
Yugoslavia (historical)
Creator:Akšamija, Alija M.
Dimensions:Negative: 60mm x 60mm
Positive: 120mm x 120mm
Keywords:100 Orientation > 103 Place Names
290 Clothing > 292 Special Garments
460 Labor > 461 Labor and Leisure
560 Social Stratification > 561 Age stratification
560 Social Stratification > 565 Classes
Bibliography:Akšamija, Mehmed A. (2015): Alija M. Akšamija – Monografija arhivografije. Sarajevo: BANU. Vol. I, 50.
Copyright:Mehmed A. Akšamija
Archive:Alija M. Akšamija private collection, Sarajevo (Collection Sarajevski ciklus 1938./39. - Težaci III), Inv. No.: A.M.A. N P 18 38
Editors:Mehmed A. Akšamija, Kristina Ilić, Nataša Mišković