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Funeral procession in Sargadžije

Funeral procession in Sargadžije, © Mehmed A. Akšamijaenlarge


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Object:Funeral procession in Sargadžije
Description:A dženaza dominates the background of this photograph taken in the Sargadžije mahalla. The street is full of men in traditional local or European dress accompanying the coffin. They are seen from the back as they pass the photographer, who is following them with his lens. At a few metres distance, young boys in shabby clothes also watch the procession. Directly in front of the photographer's lens, an elegant man in a light coat and tie is climbing the curb from the street, looking straight into the camera. The far background consists of a row of residential houses, the nearest featuring a sign for a tailor's workshop.
Comment:It is unclear whether the elegant man is posing for the picture or whether he has been taken by surprise. His slightly astonished look indicates the latter. 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, Sargadžije
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 > 292 Special Garments
560 Social Stratification > 563 Ethnic Stratification
760 Death > 764 Burial Practices and Funerals
770 Religious Beliefs > 771 General Character of Religion
780 Religious Practices > 788 Ritual
Bibliography:Akšamija, Mehmed A. (2015): Alija M. Akšamija – Monografija arhivografije. Sarajevo: BANU. Vol. I, 43.
Copyright:Mehmed A. Akšamija
Archive:Alija M. Akšamija private collection, Sarajevo (Collection Sarajevski ciklus 1938./39. - Dženaza / Sahrana), Inv. No.: A.M.A. P 17 39
Editors:Mehmed A. Akšamija, Kristina Ilić, Nataša Mišković