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

Day labourers resting in a kahva

Day labourers resting in a kahva, © Mehmed A. Akšamijaenlarge


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Object:Day labourers resting in a kahva
Description:Six Muslim men are sitting around two wooden tables on a sidewalk in front of a 'kahva' kahvehane. All but one are poorly dressed in various clothes with worn-out, dirty shoes. One man is sitting backwards on his chair and looking directly into the camera, neatly dressed in traditional Bosniak urban wear and fine, shiny shoes. Four men are looking into the other direction. Only the legs and shoes of the sixth man are visible in the lower left corner. The tables are empty but for a Turkish coffee set, a glass bottle and what seems to be headgear. The latter is lying in front of a white-bearded older man wearing a white pilgrim's cap (hadžijska kapa).
Comment:The poorly dressed men seem to be day labourers. The man looking into the camera may be the owner of the 'kahva' kahvehane. The bearded man in the white cap probably received it as a gift from a pilgrim: he seems too poor to have made the journey himself. Analogue photographic process, negative-positive (Agfa Isopan 17 DIN). Original preserved as a negative, stored as a negative and a digital record.
Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina (contemporary)
Yugoslavia (historical)
Creator:Akšamija, Alija M.
Dimensions:Negative: 60mm x 60mm
Positive: 240mm x 240mm
Keywords:270 Drink, Drugs, and Indulgence > 272 Nonalcoholic Beverages
290 Clothing > 292 Special Garments
300 Adornment > 301 Ornament
460 Labor > 461 Labor and Leisure
510 Living Standards and Routines > 517 Leisure Time Activities
520 Recreation > 521 Conversation
560 Social Stratification > 565 Classes
Bibliography:Akšamija, Mehmed A. (2015): Alija M. Akšamija – Monografija arhivografije. Sarajevo: BANU. Vol. I, 39.
Copyright:Mehmed A. Akšamija
Archive:Alija M. Akšamija private collection, Sarajevo (Collection Sarajevski ciklus 1938./39. - Ispred bosanske kahve), Inv. No.: A.M.A. P 15 38
Editors:Mehmed A. Akšamija, Kristina Ilić, Nataša Mišković