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

Day labourers at Sebilj Fountain I

Day labourers at Sebilj Fountain I, © Mehmed A. Akšamijaenlarge


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Object:Day labourers at Sebilj Fountain I
Description:Two men are sitting by the Sebilj fountain in Baščaršija. An old, stooped, white-bearded Muslim in dirty, ripped čakšire, shirt, opanci, a leather belt and an untidy ahmedija, is sitting on the stone bench looking straight into the camera. He holds a stick in his left hand. In front of him, slightly to his right, a Muslim day labourer (težak) in traditional garb is squatting on the curbstone. His face is in profile, since he is watching something to his right. His face and moustache look carefully shaven, but his fes is as unshapely as his clothes. In the background in the upper left corner, a younger man in a fes and a long, striped apron descends from the fountain's water tap, turning his back to the camera.
Comment:The man in the foreground is probably not from Sarajevo. The man in the apron is a waiter from a nearby kafana. 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
340 Structures > 341 Architecture
460 Labor > 461 Labor and Leisure
560 Social Stratification > 561 Age stratification
560 Social Stratification > 563 Ethnic Stratification
560 Social Stratification > 564 Castes
Bibliography:Akšamija, Mehmed A. (2015): Alija M. Akšamija – Monografija arhivografije. Sarajevo: BANU. Vol. I, 48.
Copyright:Mehmed A. Akšamija
Archive:Alija M. Akšamija private collection, Sarajevo (Collection Sarajevski ciklus 1938./39. - Težaci I), Inv. No.: A.M.A. N P 16 38
Editors:Mehmed A. Akšamija, Kristina Ilić, Nataša Mišković