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Roma woman with a child on a mule

Roma woman with a child on a mule, © Mehmed A. Akšamijaenlarge


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Object:Roma woman with a child on a mule
Description:A Roma woman poses for the camera with her infant in a steep Sarajevo mahalla. She is poorly but neatly dressed in a jacket, blouse and long skirt, with a scarf tied around the back of her head. She is smiling into the camera and playing with the child's hands, obviously encouraging it to look into the camera, too. The infant is perhaps two years old and is sitting among the luggage on top of a heavily burdened white mule. In the background, a group of men and an infant boy are gathered in front of a shop, all dressed in traditional urban clothing except for one in a European suit who is watching the scene in the foreground. One of the men is pouring a drink for the others, while the little boy looks on. Several more men populate the mahalla in the background.
Comment:The woman may be the child’s mother or grandmother. Her age is difficult to discern from her sunburnt and worn face and body: she may be less than forty or more than sixty years old. The man pouring the drink is a street vendor. Analogue photographic process, negative-positive (Agfa Isopan 17 DIN). Original photograph preserved as a positive on silver bromine paper, stored as a print and a digital record.
Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina (contemporary)
Yugoslavia (historical)
Creator:Akšamija, Alija M.
Dimensions:Positive: 240mm x 240mm
Keywords:490 Land Transport > 492 Animal Transportation
230 Animal Husbandry > 231 Domesticated Animals
290 Clothing > 292 Special Garments
460 Labor > 461 Labor and Leisure
560 Social Stratification > 563 Ethnic Stratification
560 Social Stratification > 565 Classes
Bibliography:Akšamija, Mehmed A. (2015): Alija M. Akšamija – Monografija arhivografije. Sarajevo: BANU. Vol. I, 38.
Copyright:Mehmed A. Akšamija
Archive:Alija M. Akšamija private collection, Sarajevo (Collection Sarajevski ciklus 1938./39. - Slučajni prolazniciIXa), Inv. No.: A.M.A. P 14 38
Editors:Mehmed A. Akšamija, Kristina Ilić, Nataša Mišković