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In front of the family home

In front of the family home, © Mehmed A. Akšamijaenlarge


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Object:In front of the family home
Description:Group portrait of seven smiling people posing in front of a family home in the Vratnik mahalla. The picture is fully taken up by the house, which is captured from an angle that encompasses the gate. The people, lined up in a row, occupy the lower third. In the centre of the group is a middle-aged lady dressed in a zar as if to go out or having just returned home, her dušeme hanging loose. She holds a paper bag. To her right, in the open door, stand two young girls in dimije and mahrama. Behind them a young boy in a fes is holding the door. To the lady’s left is a young couple: the man in a suit and fes is leaning against the wall, the woman in dimije, a European-style jacket and with a headscarf knotted at her neck, holds his arm. In the right corner of the picture, a young man is holding a bicycle, dressed in a dark jacket and light-coloured pants.
Comment:The people on the picture belong to the same family. The man with the bicycle is a visiting member of the father’s side of the family. Analogue photographic process, negative-positive (Agfa Isopan 17 DIN). Original preserved as a negative and a positive on silver bromine paper, stored as a negative, print and digital record.
Location:Sarajevo, Vratnik
Country:Bosnia and Herzegovina (contemporary)
Yugoslavia (historical)
Creator:Akšamija, Alija M.
Dimensions:Negative: 60mm x 60mm
Positive: 300mm x 300mm
Keywords:100 Orientation > 103 Place Names
130 Geography > 131 Location
290 Clothing > 292 Special Garments
560 Social Stratification > 563 Ethnic Stratification
480 Travel and Transportation > 489 Transportation
Bibliography:Akšamija, Mehmed A. (2015): Alija M. Akšamija – Monografija arhivografije. Sarajevo: BANU. Vol. I, 45.
Copyright:Mehmed A. Akšamija
Archive:Alija M. Akšamija private collection, Sarajevo (Collection Sarajevski ciklus 1938./39. - Iz mahale IV.), Inv. No.: A.M.A. P N 14 39
Editors:Mehmed A. Akšamija, Kristina Ilić, Nataša Mišković